Date: Tuesday 17th February 2015
Venue: Muirhead Tower Room 121, Edgbaston Campus,University of Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 2TT
- Rt Hon John Spellar MP, Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister (Labour)
- James Carver MEP, European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee (UKIP)
- Dr Kataryna Wolczuk, Reader in Politics and International Studies, Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies, University of Birmingham
- Dr Rilka Dragneva-Lewers, Senior Lecturer, University of Birmingham
- Dr Kevork Oskanian, Research Fellow, Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies, University of Birmingham
Chair: Adam Hug, Policy Director, Foreign Policy Centre
This Birmingham seminar for the Trouble in the Neighbourhood? The future of the EU's Eastern Partnership project, in partnership with the European Commission Representation in the UK and the University of Birmingham, will take stock of recent developments in the EU's relationship with the countries in its eastern neighbourhood: Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine. The issue of the EU's role in the region and the influence of the Russian-led alternative the Eurasian Economic Union have been at the heart of a major geo-political upheaval. The decision by Ukraine's then President Yanukovych to reject Eastern Partnership under pressure from Russia in the summer of 2013 lit the spark for the dramatic subsequent events in that country, while Armenia made a similar switch under Russian pressure ahead of the key November 2013 Vilnius summit. This seminar will look at the key planks of the EU's approach to the region including the offers of Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreements, visa reform, funding for reform projects and political engagement. The seminar will examine both the EU's objectives in the region and how Europe is perceived by the Eastern Partnership countries themselves, along with how the domestic political situation in EU member states (most notably the UK) and the Eastern Partners shapes the relationship.
Free copies of the Trouble in the Neighbourhood? The future of the EU's Eastern Partnership publication will be available.
The seminar is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Download Trouble in the Neighbourhood? Birmingham flyer (490 kilobyte PDF)