- 23 June 2014 - 26 June 2014
Policy Program | Conference on "Economic development in the Western Balkans: On the road to competitive market economies?"
The Aspen Institute Germany with the support of the German Federal Foreign Office hosted a closed-door conference on “Economic Development in the Western Balkans: On the Road to Competitive Market Economies?“ in Gut Klostermühle, Alt Madlitz. High-level decision-makers and experts from the countries of the Western Balkans, Germany, the U.S., and the EU convened to discuss the current economic situation and potential short- and mid-term measures for economic development in the countries of the region. Questions of structural reforms and their implementation, regional economic cooperation, infrastructure development, energy security, and the EU’s economic instruments in the enlargement process were elaborated on. Issues of particular concern were the low economic growth and high unemployment in the countries of the region. Potential solutions to these problems, as well as the role of the EU and its enlargement were at the center of debates. Participants received expert briefings with Claudia Dörr-Voß, Directorate-General for European Policy in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Prof. Dr. Rainer Lindner, Executive Director, Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, and representatives of German business, as well as Dr. Carsten Enneper, acting State Secretary in the Ministry for Economic and European Affairs of the Federal State of Brandenburg. A dinner with members of the German parliament provided an opportunity for an extensive exchange of thoughts on the issues discussed.
For further information as well as an overview over the results and policy recommendations, please see the final publication