NATO expansion in the Western Balkans examined by Committee

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30 October 2017

The International Relations Committee takes evidence on NATO engagement in the Western Balkans, and the experience of British SME's operating in the region.


Wednesday 1 November, Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am

  •  Dr Jonathan Eyal, Associate Director, Strategic Research Partnerships and International Director, Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)
  • Sir Adam Thomson KCMG, Director, European Leadership Network (ELN)
  • Mr Angus Lapsley, Director Defence and International Security, FCO

At 11:30am

  • Mr Jon Mitchell, Fox Marble
  • Mr Michael English, London Southside Chamber of Commerce

Possible questions

  • Other than supporting the membership prospects of western Balkan countries, how is NATO engaging in the region?
  • The engagement of NATO in the region has raised unresolved tensions between Russia and NATO. How might Russia respond to any further expansion?
  • What steps might be taken to overcome the objections from Greece to the name “Macedonia”?
  • Are there ways in which Macedonian membership might progress without this issue being resolved?
  • Is there any realistic prospect of Bosnia and Herzegovina joining NATO?
  • What have been your company's experiences of trading in the Western Balkans?
  • Are there variations between the countries of the region?
  • To what extent is corruption in countries in the region preventing UK businesses seeking to trade?
  • How supportive are Government services provided by DIT or by embassies in the region?
  • How might the UK’s trading links with the region change after Brexit?

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