Zlatko Lagumdzija, former Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina, moderated a panel with Susan Elliott, NCAFP President, on “Security and Euro-Atlantic Integration” and “Security Challenges in the Western Balkans” and Eka Tkeshelashvili, former deputy Prime Minister of Georgia and Kateryna Yushchenko, former First Lady of Ukraine moderated a panel “Future of Eastern European Partnership“ with political, diplomatic, and academic leaders from 12 countries which were gathered through the partnership of the NGIC and NCAFP.
Former presidents of Latvia, UK, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Bulgaria, Belgium, Georgia and the Czech Republic, Vaira Vike Freiberga, Gordon Brown, Boris Tadic, Ivo Josipovic, Mladen Ivanic, Rosen Plevneliev, Yves Leterme, Eka Tkeshelashvili and Jan Fischer, among others, together with the U.S. hosts took part in the discussion. NGIC co-chair Ismail Serageldin, Kerry Kennedy, president of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation and Jean Baderschneider, Chairperson Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, former Vice-President of Exxon Mobile also participated.
Lagumdzija stated that the Western Balkans represent one of the key challenges for the survival and stability of Euro-Atlantic structures. To the extent that the U.S. and the EU build a partnership on the integration of BiH and the Western Balkans through support for the values on which they themselves have, they can preserve their own geopolitical credibility and security.
Also Eastern Partnership and its Strategic Importance to the European Union, the importance of EU to support Eastern Partnership countries and the importance of energy projects undertaken by Azerbaijan.