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The Strategy of EU Enlargement

Tuesday 26 November, 13:00-17:30, LSE IDEAS

2013 marks both the 40th anniversary of the first enlargement and, with Croatia’s accession on 1 July, the enlargement of the EU to 28 member states. This invites a reflection on why enlargement has been successful in the past, what issues it faces today, and what strategy is needed for the future of the process.

LSE IDEAS thus organised a half-day conference, consisting of a history panel and a high-level roundtable. The history panel brought together academics from LSE, Oxford, EUI, and CVCE to discuss the evolution of the Community’s enlargement strategy over the last four decades. The roundtable had leading practitioners, journalists, and academics debate the question “Is EU enlargement in crisis?”. 


Othon Anastasakis (Director of South East European Studies at Oxford (SEESOX) and the European Studies Centre, Oxford)

Dimitar Bechev (Senior Policy Fellow and Head of Sofia Office, European Council for Foreign Relations)

Cristina Blanco Sío-López (Researcher in European Studies and Project Manager, CVCE)

Ian Bond (Director of Foreign Policy, Centre for European Reform)

Luc-André Brunet (Programme Assistant, CWSP, LSE IDEAS)

Georgina Butler (Chairperson of the Foreign Affairs and Defence Sectoral Group, Conservative Policy Forum, Conservative Party; MEP Candidate for the South West and Gibraltar)

David Cadier (Teaching Fellow, LSE IDEAS)

Andy Cheal (Commissioned Officer, UK Ministry of Defence)

Marie Julie Chenard (Academic Officer, Dahrendorf Programme; Deputy Head, CWSP, LSE IDEAS)

Robert Cooper (Visiting Professor, LSE IDEAS; EEAS Counsellor)

Christine Dalby (Deputy Head, European Commission’s Representation in the UK)

Emma De Angelis (Editor, RUSI journal)

Maurice Fraser (Head of the European Institute, LSE; Associate Fellow for Europe, Chatham House)

Simon Hix (Head of Department of Government, LSE; Fellow of the British Academy)

Haakon Andreas Ikonomou (PhD candidate, EUI)

Maria Kanellopoulou (Political Officer, European Commission’s Representation in the UK)

Eirini Karamouzi (Deputy Head of Programme, SEIAP, LSE IDEAS; Max Weber Fellow, EUI)

Zoi Koustoumpardi (Programme Assistant, SEIAP, LSE IDEAS)

Tim Leunig (Reader, Department of Economic History, LSE)

Piers Ludlow (Head of Cold War Studies Programme, LSE IDEAS; Reader in International History, LSE)

Lawrence Meredith (Head of Strategy and Policy, Directorate General for Enlargement, European Commission)

Effie Pedaliu (LSE IDEAS)

John Peet (Europe Editor, The Economist)

Ryan Rahardjo  (ASEAN)

Darshini Subramaniam (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia)

Arne Westad (Director, LSE IDEAS)


Conference Schedule:

13:00 – 13:30

Registration: tea and coffee

13:30 – 15:00

Panel: The Evolution of Europe’s Enlargement Strategy, 1973-2013

Chair: Piers Ludlow, Head of the Cold War Studies Programme, LSE IDEAS

Eirini Karamouzi, Max Weber Fellow, EUI and Deputy Head, SEIAP, LSE IDEAS

Cristina Blanco Sío-López, Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe (CVCE)

Othon Anastasakis, European Studies Centre, Oxford

15:00 – 15:30

Break: tea and coffee

15:30 – 17:30

Roundtable: Is EU Enlargement in Crisis?

Chair: Robert Cooper, EEAS Counsellor and Visiting Professor at LSE IDEAS

Opening statements:

Lawrence Meredith, Head of Strategy and Policy, Directorate General for Enlargement, European Commission

John Peet, Europe Editor, The Economist

Simon Hix, Head of Department of Government, LSE