Internationales Online-Planspiel „Focus Balkan“ Digital Armenia vom 31. Juli bis 2. August 2020

In 2004 and 2007, twelve Central and East European countries joined the European Union. In 2013, Croatia, another part of former Yugoslavia, followed. Who will achieve next the desired status of an official EU accession candidate? This was the central question for the participants of the seminar „Focus Balkan Digital 2020“.

A group of young students and professionals connected to the Zoom conference room from Armenia experienced three days filled with entertaining debates, inspirational speeches, exciting negotiations and thrilling decisions, all about the question whether Albania, North Macedonia or Serbia will enter the European Union in the near future. Between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of the European Union, there was a disagreement about the progress the three countries made in recent years. But as the Council of the European Union stated „The status of an official EU accession candidate is not to be equated with the membership “, all three applicants gained the desired form of cooperation.

In their feedback, the participants highlighted how well organized, interesting and fun the event was. Yet the seminar would not have been nearly as successful and enjoyable if it was not for the dedicated, active and enthusiastic group! The event was conducted by a German-Austrian team of the Civic Institute for International Education on behalf of Konrad Adenauer Foundation’s South Caucasus office in Yerevan.