10 Jun 2021 14:30 - 20:00 Europe/Athens

Balkans 2021: Fostering regional cooperation in the post-Covid era

The Vice President of the European Commission, incumbent and former Presidents, Prime Ministers, Foreign Ministers, Central Bankers and Ambassadors are brought together to discuss the challenges and opportunities for the Balkans, in the years to come.

Rule of law as driving force for stability and economic growth in the Western Balkans, the role of innovative ecosystems, public-private partnerships and bold investments in boosting the region’s competitiveness and the next steps for renewing the Euro-Atlantic integration of the Balkans are among the topics to be addressed.

Welcome Remarks
14:30 - 14:45 Europe/Athens
Irene Vantaraki
Chair, Greek House Davos
Konstantinos Foutzopoulos
Executive Director, Thessaloniki Regional Forum
Opening Keynote Speech
14:45 - 15:00 Europe/Athens
Margaritis Schinas
Vice-President of the European Commission, Promoting our European Way of Life
EU values and lasting, in-depth and irreversible reforms: Rule of law as driving force for stability and economic growth in the Western Balkans.
15:00 - 16:15 Europe/Athens

Moderator

Vassilis Ntousas
Senior International Relations Policy Advisor, Foundation for European Progressive Studies; Academy Associate at Chatham House

Keynote Speakers

Albin Kurti
Prime Minister, Republic of Kosovo*
Ivo Josipović
f. President of the Republic of Croatia
Mladen Ivanic
f. Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina
Catalin Predoiu
f. Minister of Justice, Romania
Dora Bakoyannis
f. Minister of Foreign Affairs, MP, Hellenic Republic
Teuta Vodo
f. Deputy Minister of Justice, Albania
Jovan Ratković
Senior Fellow, Agora Strategy Group, Brussels
Keynote Video Speech
16:15 - 16:30 Europe/Athens
Edi Rama
Prime Minister of Albania
Working together to facilitate post-Covid economic recovery: How can innovative ecosystems, public-private partnerships and bold investments boost the region’s competitiveness?
16:30 - 18:00 Europe/Athens

Moderator

Basil Gavalas
Public Affairs Consultant; Executive Advisor, Greek House Davos

Keynote Speakers

Lilyana Pavlova
Vice - President, European Investment Bank
Costas Fragoyiannis
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, for Economic Diplomacy and Openness, Hellenic Republic
Ambassador Georgette Mosbacher
Co-Chair, Three Seas Initiative, Atlantic Council; f. US Ambassador to Poland and CEO, La Prairie
Ambassador Antonio Taquis Ochoa
f. Ambassador of Panama to Greece and Cyprus; General Director & Owner, Panama Shipping Agency & Services
Dr. Barbara Kolm
Vice President, Central Bank of Austria
Miloš Cvetanović
State Secretary, Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Serbia
Leonidas Christopoulos
Secretary General of Digital Governance and Simplification of Procedures, Hellenic Republic
Rebooting the Euro-Atlantic integration of the Balkans: The next steps for a renewed strategic relationship and an effective multilateral cooperation to tackle together today’s regional challenges.
18:00 - 20:00 Europe/Athens

Moderator

Sofia Beretanou
Journalist, GHD Council Member

Keynote Speakers

Djordje Radulovic
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Montenegro
Matthew Palmer
Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European & Eurasian Affairs, US Department of State, USA
Vessela Tcherneva
Deputy Director, European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), Head of ECFR Sofia
Ioannis Smyrlis
Secretary General for International Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hellenic Republic
Odeta Barbullushi
Advisor to the Prime Minister & National Coordinator for Regional Economic Area, Albania
Ambassador Milica Ristovic Krstic
Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Greece
Ambassador Alexandros Mallias
f. Ambassador of Greece to Washington, Skopje and Tirana
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244(1999) and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence