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2013 Conference

Croatia's EU Accession:
Economic, Political, and Regional Implications

On 22 May 2013, LSEE hosted a One-day Conference dedicated to Croatia’s accession into the European Union. Conference Programme|

TCroatia1he opening session of the workshop was dedicated to “The Economic Dimensions of Accession”. The two speakers, Professor Katarina Ott, Director, Institute of Public Finance and Mr Emil Tedeschi, President & CEO, Atlantic Grupa, gave two very interesting and thought-provoking presentations, covering different aspects of Croatia’s economy (Chair: Dr Vassilis Monastiriotis, LSEE Acting Director; Senior Lecturer, LSE).  

Croatia 5The second session of the day focused on the domestic political and social aspects of Croatia’s EU accession. The two speakers were Professor Nenad Zakošek, Dean of the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Zagreb, and Ines Sabalić, Brussels representative of the City of Zagreb and a well-known journalist. A key theme of their presentations was the general lack of enthusiasm in Croatia towards EU accession (Chair:  Dr James Ker-Lindsay, Senior Research Fellow, LSEE-Research on South Eastern Europe, LSE).

ICroatia9n the last panel of the day’s proceedings the topic for discussion was the regional implications of Croatia’s EU accession. The panel consisted of Dr Dejan Jović, chief  Analyst in the office of the President of Croatia and a faculty member at the University of Zagreb, and Mr Tim Judah, Balkans Correspondent for the Economist. (Chair: Dr Spyros Economides, Senior Lecturer;  LSEE Co-ordinator, LSE). The panel started with a short introductory comment by Dr Jović, and Tim Judah made a few introductory remarks and also raised a series of issues and questions with Dr Jović, who of course was speaking in his personal and not official capacity. What followed was a brisk and lively discussion.



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