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H.E. Mr. Ditmir Bushati, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of Albania

  • H.E. Mr. Ditmir Bushati
Tuesday 13 February 2018
Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden
Klein Auditorium

On Tuesday 13 February, Leiden University has the honor of receiving HE Ditmir Bushati, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of Albania. He will deliver his lecture, entitled “Security and Enlargement in Europe: Foreign Policy Perspectives from South East Europe,” in the framework of the European Union Seminar Series, jointly organized by the master's programme in International Relations and the Institute for History and the Europa Institute at the Leiden Law School.

The lecture, on the latest Enlargement Strategy of the European Commission, comes at a crucial political moment for the EU. The new EU strategical focus rightly brings South East Europe back to the European agenda. This Commission Strategy is not only vital for the future of Western Balkans, but it is also important for the security of EU. In times of uncertainty, the case of Albania shows how EU and NATO have the power to transform societies, shaping, in turn, the European security and stability.

Biography H.E. Mr. Ditmir Bushati

Ditmir Bushati is Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania. He has been a Minister since September 2013 and Member of the Albanian Parliament for the Socialist Party since 2009. Mr. Bushati graduated from the Faculty of Law of Tirana University in 1999 and since 2001 he holds a Master's Degree in Public International Law (LL.M) from Leiden University. Prior to his involvement in politics, Mr. Bushati founded the non-profit organization European Movement Albania. He also worked as Director of Legal Approximation at the Albanian Ministry of European Integration and was part of the team negotiating the Stabilization and Association Agreement with the European Union. Mr. Bushati has worked as Advisor on European Affairs to the Deputy Prime Minister, as Legal Advisor to the Constitutional Court of Albania, the Office of the President of the Republic of Albania and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. He has also lectured on European Law and on the EU enlargement process at different institutions and universities in Albania and Kosovo.


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