Kosovo - Serbia Relations: Current Dynamics and Implications for the Western Balkans

Kosovo – Serbia Relations: Current Dynamics and Implications for the Western Balkans

18:00 - 19:30

Webster Vienna Private University
Palais Wenkheim, Praterstr. 23, 1020 Wien

After a period of tensions in 2022, Kosovo and Serbia supported by the EU have achieved an agreement on the Implementation Annex of the Agreement on the normalization of relations in March 2023.

This opens up opportunities for further stabilization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia and, indeed, also for a path of more intensified cooperation with the EU for the entire region of the Western Balkans. Nevertheless, various challenges remain. Is this indeed a major breakthrough or will this be another small step in a long-term reconciliation process? Will this put Serbia and Kosovo on the path of European integration or are we likely to experience setbacks?

In this public panel debate, one of the leading players in the process – the EU Special Representative for the Pristina – Belgrade Dialogue, Miroslav Lajčák – will provide his assessment of the state of play in the Kosovo – Serbia relations and the implications for the Western Balkans region. His talk will be followed by reflections on the security dynamics in the region by two leading experts on the Western Balkans: Wolfgang Petritsch (President of the ÖIIP and former EU Special Envoy for Kosovo) and Stephanie Fenkart (Director, International Institute for Peace, Vienna). This will then be followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Informal conversations will then follow around a glass of wine served in the Atrium of the WVPU campus.

Miroslav Lajčák
EU Special Representative for Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue

Wolfgang Petritsch
President oiip and former EU Special Envoy for Kosovo

Stephanie Fenkart
Director International Institute for Peace, Vienna

Jozef Bátora
Professor of International Relations WVPU


In cooperation with Webster Vienna Private University.