Talks on the Future of the European Union

A New Era of Security Policy – the Case of Southeast Europe since the Beginning of the War on Ukraine, Zagreb 13 December 2022

The far-reaching consequences of the war in Ukraine for the world and Europe’s security architecture were discussed among experts from the EU member states and think tanks from SEE. The conference concluded that since the outbreak of war in Ukraine the EU member states have coordinated strongly their national foreign, security and defence policies.

On the other hand, the six Southeast European countries (SEE6) still show reluctance towards its political, economic and societal transformation on the path to the EU. As small fragile democracies, they balance between regional and big powers and are often exposed to political manipulation. More coordinated reaction and cooperation are needed to build resilience against external pressure as well as more dedication to fulfilling the EU accession criteria.