The International Relations Committee takes evidence from the Ambassadors of Kosovo and Albania to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, and leading regional academic on developments in the Western Balkans.
Wednesday 13 September, Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster
- Professor Marko Prelec, Central European University
- His Excellency Lirim Greicevci, Ambassador of Kosovo
- His Excellency Qirjako Qirko, Ambassador of Albania
- What are the UK's key interests in the Western Balkans? Are there costs of inaction?
- Can you give a sense of the Islamist extremist network that is operating of the Western Balkans? Where are the particular hotspots? How are they funded?
- The engagement of the US has long been viewed as crucial for stability in the region: is this view still relevant?
- Considering the economic and political challenges faced by countries in the region, where and how can the UK be most effective?
- Would you agree that corruption and organised crime are widespread in the region? If so, what steps are your respective governments taking to address these challenges?
- How is Brexit viewed in your country? Once the UK leaves the EU, how would you like it to align its political priorities?
- There has been some evidence that Russia, China and some Gulf countries are taking a larger interest in the region. How are such countries investing and engaging in your countries?