- July 07, 2021
On July 7, 2021, the Aspen Institute Germany hosted a debriefing on the Berlin Process. The debriefing offered a small circle of select experts and decisionmakers the opportunity to receive first-hand insights from the summit as well as the thematic ministerial meetings and accompanying forums (Youth Forum, Civil Society & Think Tank Forum) and to engage in an open exchange on the core topics of the Berlin Process.
Alexander Jung, Deputy Head of Division 212 Bilateral Relations to the Countries of Central, Southeastern and Eastern Europe, Southern Caucasus and Central Asia, Federal Chancellery, Christiane Hullmann, Head of Division 209 Western Balkans, Federal Foreign Office, Helge Tolksdorf, Head of Division EU Enlargement, Southeast Europe and Turkey, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Valeska Esch, Deputy Executive Director and Program Director Europe, Aspen Institute Germany, and Frank Morawietz, Special Envoy for Southeast Europe, Franco-German Youth Office, reported from the respective meetings. The event was moderated by Yannic Remme, Program Officer at the Aspen Institute Germany.
The Berlin Process, an initiative of the German government originating in 2014, is a joint format of several EU countries, the United Kingdom, the European Union, and the six Western Balkan countries. The aim of the Berlin Process is to promote regional cooperation in the Western Balkans and thereby support the rapprochement of the Western Balkan states with the EU. This year, Germany hosted the summit, which took place in Berlin on July 5, 2021.