EVENTS: Costs of Non-Enlargement – Launch of a new Foresight Report

A closed-door events in Brussels

8 March 2024

Wojciech Przybylski, Magda Jakubowska and Jan Farfał presented the latest Visegrad Insight report in Brussels, prepared in collaboration with the ZEIT STIFTUNG BUCERIUS.

At the beginning of March, we had our report launch in Brussels. We showcased the “Costs of Non-enlargement” report at the European Council and the European Commission as well as discussed it with diplomats, think tanks and MEP advisors. The Costs of Non-enlargement offers a fresh perspective in the enlargement discussion. All too often, we talk about the potential costs or benefits of enlargement, not reflecting on the unintended consequences that broken enlargement promises would have for the future of the continent.

The report launch marks a new phase of extensive dialogue that we will be having with policymakers and experts in the coming months. It began with a closed-door event on 5 March with representatives of the candidate countries and member states, alongside the advisor to the Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue.

On the following day, our team met with the representatives from the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, followed by a meeting in the European Council with the representative of the General Secretariat. The report launch in Brussels culminated with an open discussion organised within the Foreign Policy Council Ukrainian Prism. The discussion was marked by contributions from the leading voices in the enlargement debate, the Centre for European Policy Studies, Carnegie Europe and European Parliament advisors, among others.

Download PDF: Costs of Non-Enlargement – Foresight report on EU enlargement and neighbourhood

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The Cost of Non-enlargement report outlines the findings of a foresight project led by Visegrad Insight – Res Publica Foundation and ZEIT STIFTUNG BUCERIUS together with a group of over 40 scholars and fellows of both organisations who come from the EU and EU neighbourhood. At the beginning of 2023, the project started by considering the potential of foresight analysis stemming from a decade of research, reporting and networking conducted with scholars and policy leaders on the ground. Besides the review of scholarly research, the joint project has involved consultative meetings with policymakers in Brussels and foresight workshops that produced the scenarios.