On 24 October 2023, the participants of the 7th edition of the Enlargement Academy organised by the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland visited the College of Europe in Natolin as part of their programme.
Diplomats from the Western Balkans, selected countries of the Eastern Partnership, and Turkey were welcomed by the Vice-Rector Mrs Ewa OŚNIECKA-TAMECKA. They also had a chance to take part in two lectures and discussions: The EU and its Neighbourhoods after the Russian Invasion in Ukraine by Prof. Kataryna WOLCZUK, Chairholder of the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair at the College of Europe in Natolin, and Russia’s War against Ukraine and the Security Architecture in Europe by Dr Andriy TYUSHKA, Senior Research Fellow in that same Chair.
This year, young diplomats from Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Serbia, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, and Turkey also engage in a series of discussions on international topics at the Diplomatic Academy of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They will also visit the headquarters of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency FRONTEX, the Polish Economic Institute, and the Ministry of Funds and Regional Policy.
The Enlargement Academy is a training project initiated by Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2015. The main goal of this initiative was to support countries of the Western Balkans in the European integration process by sharing Polish experiences in this regard. This year, for the first time in the project's history, officials from beyond the Balkans also participate, including those from Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, and Turkey.