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#TeamEurope
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#TeamEurope
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With the #SofiaDeclaration, the 6 #WesternBalkans countries have committed to #climateneutrality in 2050. To achieve this, a #lignite phase-out for power production is needed, ideally by 2040. To support the debate, we have developed 6 pathways (THREAD). #EUGreenDeal 1/12 The Future of Lignite in the Western Balkans
Where do we stand today? WB-6 power markets consist almost exclusively of two generation technologies: #lignite and #hydro. The share of either source varies considerably between the countries. 2/12 The Future of Lignite in the Western Balkans
Finding 1: 90 % of #lignite power plants in the #westernbalkans was put into operation 30 or more years ago. 40 % of the capacities are older than 40 years. The power plant park is in urgent need of #modernisation. 3/12
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A 🧵about a confusing signals on 🇪🇺 enlargement to the #WesternBalkans 👇
1⃣ During her ongoing #WB6 tour @vonderleyen is sending clear messages of hope, to 🇲🇰"You will be part of the EU, It is not a question of if, but when", to 🇦🇱"as future EU member, I also want Albania to fully take part in the Conference on the future of Europe"
2⃣Yet a @Reuters piece, quoting unnamed 4 🇪🇺 diplomats, wrote "fearing a political backlash in member states, [EU] can no longer agree to give a guarantee of future membership to the six Balkan countries" reuters.com/world/europe/e…
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🇸🇮 #PPCLjubljana DAY 2 is kicking off as we speak! Join us LIVE on #Zoom for our first panel of the day, from the #InDivEU Project!

As always, we are highlighting the key takeaways here, so stay with us for #PPCLjubljana day 2!💪

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Our first panel of the day is all about #DifferentiatedIntegration and the #FutureofEurope: @MichaelKaeding (@unidue) is moderating the discussion between Sandra Kröger (#InDivEU/@UniofExeter), @bonomimat (@IdeaEu/@IAIonline), and Magdalena Góra (#EU3D/@JagiellonskiUni)

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We are also going to enjoy a keynote also from @dubravkasuica, VP of the @EU_Commission

"In our work on democracy, the #CoFoE is a process to bring all Europeans together"

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The #InDivEU panel at #PPCLjubljana is going LIVE 🔴 on #Zoom!

Join us over at the @tepsaeu Pre-Presidency Conference!

Below are our key highlights

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▶️ tepsa.eu/tepsa-slovenia…
First up in the panel is a keynote address from @EU_Commission Vice-Presidency @dubravkasuica, who talks about her brief in the Commission: democracy and demography

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The #CoFoE is a key theme of the speech: citizens' role in shaping the #FutureofEurope is a priority of the conference, and citizens from across Europe can deliberate with each other

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Maja Bucar, from @FDVLjubljana, is giving the initial address to #PPCLjubljana: "one of the positive things of having a conference virtually is that we can reach more people around Europe"

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TEPSA has been hosting our flagship bi-annual Pre-Presidency Conferences (PPC) for decades, always joining up with our Member Institute in the country taking on the upcoming @EUCouncil Presidency, it's become a milestone in the European calendar 💪

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TEPSA Secretary-General Jim Cloos welcomes participants to #PPCLjubljana: "the Presidency gives an impression of ownership in the Member States"

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🗓️#PPCLjubljana is tomorrow!🇸🇮

Before we launch into the TEPSA Slovenian Pre-Presidency Conference, a landmark on the European calendar, let's have a quick run through all the panels you can enjoy over the next two days

👉 tepsa.eu/tepsa-slovenia…

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#PPCLjubljana opens with remarks from @FDVLjubljana and TEPSA, and we welcome @AnzeLog Minister of Foreign Affairs @MZZRS to give the @SLOtoEU position on #EU2021SI

👉 tepsa.eu/tepsa-slovenia…

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We then present #TEPSARecommendations, coordinated by @FundaTekin17, @NicolePirozzi, and @IlkeToygur, featuring work from @agarcod, @LouiseVanSchaik, and Natasha Wunsch to Gasper Dovzan from @MZZRS

We'll also hear from @EngagEU_Project

👉 tepsa.eu/tepsa-slovenia…

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I asked @MiroslavLajcak why should the #WesternBalkan leaders trust the EU promises, taking into account the EU failed to deliver visa liberalisation to #Kosovo and accession talks with #NorthMacedonia.

His reply was abhorrent: "If you don't trust the EU, go somewhere else." 1/
Lajčak continued by saying: "It's trendy to criticise the EU about the visa liberlisation, but #Kosovo leaders should go to those countries blocking the freedom to travel and ask how to comply."

However, all the required benchmarks for visa lib have been delivered by Kosovo! 2/
.@Bujar_O, Foreign Affairs Minister of #NorthMacedonia spoke eloquently about the erosion of EU credibility in the #WesternBalkans:

"We keep hearing 'If you deliver, we will deliver', and we changed both our country's name and the constitution, but the EU hasn't delivered." 3/
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🚨#TEPSARecommendations to #EU2021SI/@SLOtoEU @EUCouncil‼️

@FundaTekin17 (@IEP_Berlin), @agarcod (@CidobBarcelona), @LouiseVanSchaik (@Clingendaelorg), and Natasha Wunsch (@SciencesPo_CEE) have contributed to a video!

👉 tepsa.eu/tepsa-slovenia…
@IlkeToygur @NicolePirozzi
.@agarcod from @CidobBarcelona calls for #EU2021SI to level up the EU's digital policy:

1⃣ Review GDPR implementation mechanisms
2⃣ Promote digital hygiene
3⃣ Develop new tech in an ethical and robust way

👉 tepsa.eu/tepsa-slovenia…
.@LouiseVanSchaik from @Clingendaelorg discusses what #EU2021SI should do with the #EUGreenDeal:

1⃣ Be wary of the EU's position leading up to COP-26
2⃣ Step up green diplomacy efforts
3⃣ Take #ClimateChange policy to the next level

➡️ tepsa.eu/tepsa-slovenia…
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The 17+1 flop THREAD
1/6

Yesterday’s #China-#CEEC summit was an embarrassment for #Beijing and, to a large extent, a waste of time for Europeans. Nearly a decade after this format was put in place with a lot of fanfare, it’s worth looking back and reflecting what went wrong.
2/6
There are five flawed assumptions the 16+1 format (17+1 since 2019) was based on.

1. #CEECs’ expectations that #China would be THE source of #FDI capital and a market for their #exports.
The reality:
- 🇨🇳 loans for 🇨🇳 contractors vs limited FDI;
- Growing #trade deficits.
3/6

2. Conspicuous discrepancy between the - supposedly - regional nature of the format and #China's preference for bilateral relations. The #WesternBalkans were “more equal” than others, which led to disenchantment and frustration in #EU member states in #CentralEasternEurope.
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1-[THREAD] on French politics and #WesternBalkans enlargement. Our NEW research breaking the myths! opensocietyfoundations.org/publications/i… More on @BalkanInsight balkaninsight.com/2021/02/01/sup… or an in depth analysis with @Sebgricourt on @j_jaures tomorrow. @osfEUpolicy @d_part Image
2-Until a few years ago, French enlargement policies were decided by the executive and a “close-knit community” of people. French public opinion mattered little. #NatashaWunsch @BiEPAG wrote about it aei.pitt.edu/66050/1/pub_58… ⬇️ Image
3-With the 2005 referendum on the European Constitution, the French government (to lure the right to vote "yes") proposed amending the French constitution in order to subject any future enlargement to a popular vote. "any future enlargement"= 🇹🇷 context ovipot.hypotheses.org/321 Image
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Today we present Economic & Investment plan for #WesternBalkans to boost economic development & recovery of the region. We will mobilise up to €9 billion of funding for investment flagships in transport, energy, green & digital transition, to create sustainable growth and jobs.
In addition, investment capacity of the region should be boosted by mobilisation of a new #WesternBalkans Guarantee Facility, w ambition to potentially raise investments of up to €20 billion. Plan will increase grants compared to loans, as region’s fiscal space is limited.
The Plan also offers a path for a successful regional economic integration to help accelerate convergence, ultimately speeding up process of #EU integration. This plan should help to transform #WesternBalkans into one of the most attractive region for investments in the world.
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🚨@vonderleyen's 1st #SOTEU
Stay tuned:
"For me it is crystal clear–we need to build a stronger European Health Union
& to start making this a reality we must now draw the 1st lessons from the health crisis
We need to make our new #EU4Health programme future proof"@SKyriakidesEU
"...this was a global crisis we need to learn the global lessons. This is why, along with Prime Minister @GiuseppeConteIT and the Italian #G20 Presidency, I will convene a Global Health Summit next year in #Italy.
This will show Europeans that our Union is there to protect all."
"...the Commission created the #SURE programme(...)This is real European solidarity in action. And it reflects the fact that in our Union the dignity of work must be sacred."💪🇪🇺🤲"will put forward a legal proposal to support Member States to set up a framework for #MinimumWages"
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#PPCBerlin is about to start!

As always, we'll be live-tweeting the event with some great quotes from our expert panelists and contributors, so stay tuned!

#EU2020DE

@IEP_Berlin @GermanyintheEU @parleu2020de @AuswaertigesAmt @EPinDeutschland @EUinDE @GermanyDiplo @EUCouncil
We kick things of with a video message from Jaap de Zwaan, TEPSA's Secretary-General, and Frank Schimmelfennig, @IEP_Berlin's Chairman of the Academic Advisory Board

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#PPCBerlin is our first ever virtual PPC because of #COVID19, which is why our cooperation with @IEP_Berlin has been valuable in taking this unexpected context into account 💪

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EPP reaffirmed its support for a credible #WesternBalkans enlargement & 🇪🇺accession perspective at the EPP EU-Western Balkans Zagreb Leaders Meeting, chaired by President @donaldtuskEPP. Solidarity & good neighbourly relations are key to addressing both the pandemic & infodemic. Image
.@EU2020HR sent a strong signal of support to the #WesternBalkans countries. It is thanks to the efforts and determination of #Croatia’s Prime Minister @AndrejPlenkovic that the #EU remains true to its word and is committed to future of the region.
We are united in the fight against #Covid19 and we stand in solidarity with the #WesternBalkans, our closest partners, geographically, historically, culturally and economically. When we face challenges together, we overcome them together.
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💬Dear friends, it is with deep emotion that I address you at #EPPZagreb today, in my final speech as EPP President. The end of a mandate is always an opportunity to reflect, to take stock of your successes & failures. Image
💬A priority as EPP President has been building a closer cooperation with #WesternBalkans countries. We honour the late President Martens by continuing to defend the European path of the #WesternBalkans, said @JosephDaul
💬My proudest achievement has been ensuring the #EPP remains united. We are a family of many different perspectives but one that remains true to our founders Christian Democratic values, European commitment & faith in the social market economy, said @JosephDaul at #EPPZagreb
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1) THREAD: What to expect if the #US 🇺🇸withdraws from #NATO? At the Körber #PolicyGame, we discussed this scenario w/ high-level officials and experts in coop w/ @IISS_org - here are the summarized results for the Twitterati community: (have mercy, it’s my first thread!)
2) We wanted to know: How would Europeans react in such a situation?What are interests and red lines? Thus, we invited a 🇫🇷, 🇩🇪, 🇵🇱,🇬🇧, and 🇺🇸 team to play our scenario. Crisis in the #South, Crisis in the #East - were #Europeans able to get their act together w/out the 🇺🇸? 💪 🇪🇺
3) The short answer is: willing yes ❕but able❔ First, most teams focused on reversing a #US withdrawal from #NATO by all possible means, offering the 🇺🇸concessions that were unthinkable before - from #trade to #energy. But what if that doesn’t help? 🤔
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FM @HeikoMaas at the Gymnich meeting of the #EU foreign ministers: The #WesternBalkans are an integral part of #Europe. The agreement between Northern Macedonia and Greece in the naming dispute is a big step forward. We should recognize this success. Image
@HeikoMaas FM @HeikoMaas on Hong Kong: The Hong Kong Basic Law guarantees freedom of expression and assembly. Anyone who wants to exercise these rights peacefully must not be prevented from doing so by force. We need de-escalation and dialogue.
@HeikoMaas FM @HeikoMaas in Helsinki on #Iran: We have gained new momentum since the G7 Summit. We want to take advantage of this and open the window of opportunity for further dialogue. It remains crucial that Iran return to compliance with its obligations under the #JCPoA.
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The new @wiiw_news Handbook of #Statistics 2018 contains updated key #macroeconomic & structural indicators for 22 economies in #CESEE serving as easy-to-use reference tool & facilitating comparisons across topics, countries & time.
wiiw.ac.at/wiiw-handbook-…
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New features of the 2018 ed. include e.g.
- new key indicators at #regional levels
- #wages & #investment data by activity now also available for #Turkey
- comparable #structural breakdown for all countries
Find below examples of some conclusions from the newly released data
2/11
All countries in #CESEE experienced positive #economic #growth in 2017, clear leader was #EUCEE with average real GDP growth of 4.9%. Ten economies achieved their highest real #GDP growth rates over the last 5 years.
3/11
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Today we release our annual @wiiw_news Autumn #Forecast Report, with macroeconomic projections for #CESEE out to 2020. Below, a thread on the highlights 1/13
#Growth still looks quite good for most, notable upgrades this time for #Poland, #Serbia, #Hungary. But downgrades for several #EU members, plus #Turkey, #Macedonia and #Belarus. 2/13
Over the #forecast period we expect best growth performance in #EUCEE and #WesternBalkans, although both will slow by 2020. Outlook for #CIS & #Ukraine weaker. 3/13
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