The conference, 'The EU and its Eastern Neighbourhood', was held over three sessions at The Hague Humanity Hub (city centre) in The Hague on Tuesday 23 November 2021. Close to a hundred people participated in all or some of the three sessions, including Ambassadors accredited to the Netherlands, representatives of international organisations, journalists, academics, civil society representatives, students and concerned citizens.
The first session addressed the topic, 'The EU and the process of reform and renewal in the Eastern Neighbourhood: six countries, six nuances and a giant elephant in the room'.
After welcoming remarks by Wim Jansen, Director of International Affairs at The City of The Hague, and Dennis Sammut, Director, LINKS Europe, the conference heard opening comments by Mr Didier Herbert, Head of the Representation of the European Commission in the Netherlands, and Ambassador Jaap Fredricks, Special Representative for Europe and the Eastern Partnership at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands.
The conference was then addressed by Ambassador Vsevolod Chentsov, Head of the Mission of Ukraine to the European Union.
Ambassador Chentsov and Dennis Sammut were then joined by Dr Antoaneta Dimitrova, Professor of Comparative Governance at Leiden University, and Harry Hummel, Senior Policy Advisor at the Netherlands Helsinki Committee, in a panel discussion on the theme.
The event, organised by LINKS Europe and The City of The Hague, supported by The Hague Humanity Hub, was held in the process of the Conference on the Future of Europe.
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