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Conference “20 Years of EU Enlargement: a Success Story for the Future – the Perspective of German Business”

On 8 May 2024 from 14:00 to 16:00, the business conference "20 Years of EU Enlargement from the Perspective of German Business: A Success Story for the Future" will take place at the Haus der Deutschen Wirtschaft in Berlin. The event is being organised by the German Eastern Business Association, the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) and the Federation of German Industries (BDI). 

You are cordially invited to join high-ranking guests from politics, business, associations and diplomacy to celebrate the 20th anniversary of EU enlargement in 2004 and to take part in the discussion on the economic significance of this success story and its relevance for the future.

The keynote speech will be given by Vice-Chancellor and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action Dr Robert Habeck. In the subsequent panel, experts from politics, business and research will discuss the economic development of the EU member states and Germany since 2004, the prospects of future accession candidates and the current challenges of a common Europe. What lessons can we learn from the enlargement rounds since 2004 and what do they mean for future enlargements? This debate is more relevant than ever in the year of the European Parliament elections.

Afterwards, guests are invited to a festive reception in the foyer with diplomatic representations of the countries.

The conference language is English.

If you are interested in participation, please contact Adrian Stadnicki, Regional Director Central Eastern Europe.


Adrian Stadnicki
Regionaldirektor Mittelosteuropa
T. +49 30 206167-138


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