European Parliament (Brussels) - Spinelli 1G2

Tuesday 5 March 2024 | 9.30 – 13.00h

Register HERE before 28 February

Driven by geopolitical ambitions, EU leaders are pushing forward a new round of enlargement. In candidate countries such as Ukraine and Moldova, the accession process will bring about deep political, economic and societal transformations in very little time. This conference aims to involve alternative voices in the debate around upcoming reforms, both in candidate countries as well as of the EU Treaties.

Languages: German, English, French, Greek, Spanish, Czech, Romanian, Polish, Bulgarian, Slovenian, Croatian, Slovak.

Contact: [email protected] & [email protected]

The event will be live-streamed in this page.

Online participants can use the Slido app to ask questions.

The conference will be followed by a light lunch.


Welcome and opening remarks

  • Helmut Scholz, MEP – The Left
  • Stelios Kouloglou, MEP – The Left

Ever Larger, Ever Closer? Reviewing the EU Treaty, Learning Lessons & Addressing Contradictions

  • Keynote: Günter Verheugen (Commissioner for Enlargement 1999-2004, Commissioner for Enterprise & Industry 2004-2010, Germany)
  • Adrian Zandberg (Co-leader of Lewica Razem, Poland) (tbc)
  • Tea Jarc (ETUC Secretary, Slovenia)
  • Ségolène Pruvot (Director of European Alternatives, France)
  • Kalypso Nicolaidis (Florence School of Transnational Governance, Italy)
  • Leïla Chaibi (MEP, The Left, France)

Questions & Answers | Chair: Nikolaj Villumsen, MEP – The Left

Beyond Geopolitics: Addressing Expectations & Challenges for Candidate Countries

  • Vitaliy Dudin (activist, NGO Sotsialnyi Rukh, Ukraine) (tbc)
  • Ion Ceban (Mayor of Chișinău, Mișcarea Alternativa Națională, Moldova)
  • Inna Șupac (Institute for Strategic Initiatives, MP 2009-2019, Moldova)
  • Radmila Šekerinska (Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration 2002-2006, Minister of Defense 2017-2022, North Macedonia)
  • Vladimir Simović (Centre for the Politics of Emancipation, Serbia)
  • Thomas Hagleitner (European Commission, West Balkans policy & regional strategy Head of Unit at DG NEAR) (tbc)

Questions & Answers | Chair: Stelios Kouloglou, MEP – The Left

Ready or not: Progressive Demands for EU enlargement

Debate, in person and via Slido
Chair: Helmut Scholz, MEP – The Left

Closing Remarks

  • Helmut Scholz, MEP – The Left
  • Stelios Kouloglou, MEP – The Left