LSE Public Lecture
Date: Monday 8 March 2004
Venue: New Theatre, East Building
Speaker: Dr Erhard Busek
Chair: Professor Mary Kaldor
At the time of the Stability Pact's inception, the Balkan region had just emerged from the Kosovo war. Five years later, all countries have democratically elected governments; the security threat has shifted from military to civilian domains such as organised crime and corruption; the economies are showing signs of progress and the growth rates in South Eastern Europe are in some places higher than in the West, albeit coming from a low level. Economic reforms and job creation together with strengthening the rule of law remain the main challenges.
Erhard Busek, a former Austrian vice-chancellor, has been special coordinator of the Stability Pact since early 2002. As coordinator of other initiatives and as special envoy for EU enlargement issues of the Austrian Government, he has been engaged in the Balkan's recovery process since 1996.