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Night Owl Session under Chatham House Rule

Is the EU Prepared for Enlargement?

May 17, 22:00-23:30
Room: Berlin

In December 2023, EU leaders agreed to open membership talks with Moldova and Ukraine and to grant candidate status to Georgia. While all these countries will need to go through intensive reforms, so will the EU. To prepare for enlargement the EU will need to agree to a series of internal reforms to improve its governance. Should the EU shift from unanimity to qualified majority voting within the Council in key areas, like foreign and security policy? Are treaty changes necessary? What else can be done to improve the governance of an enlarged union?


Piotr Buras

Senior Policy Fellow and Head of the European Council on Foreign Relations in Warsaw

Christian Danielsson

State Secretary for EU Affairs at the Prime Minister´s Office Sweden

Jonas Bering Liisberg

State Secretary for European Affairs and the Arctic at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

Jonatan Vseviov

Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia