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Enlargement and future membership

Special Seminar Series on Ukraine and Europe

Add to calendar 2022-06-29 12:30 2022-06-29 14:00 Europe/Rome Enlargement and future membership Online Zoom YYYY-MM-DD


29 June 2022

12:30 - 14:00 CEST




Join Brigid Laffan who will discuss whether the existing enlargement system will remain in place or whether the EU will have to reassess the fundamentals of the enlargement process itself.

Following Croatia’s accession to the EU in 2013, the phrase ‘enlargement fatigue’ became common place and the enlargement to the Western Balkans was slow and tortuous. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has altered the dynamic of enlargement. Ukraine followed by Moldova and Georgia applied for membership of the Union. President Zelensky wants ‘fast track’ membership. At Versailles, EU leaders acknowledged that Ukraine is part of the ‘European family’’ and requested the Commission to prepare an Opinion on Ukraine’s membership. There is considerable debate on what this means for processes and procedures surrounding enlargement. Will the existing enlargement system remain in place or will the EU have to reassess the fundamentals of the enlargement process itself. 

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 870789.

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