20th Anniversary of the 2004 NATO Enlargement

NATO enlargement 2004
NATO enlargement 2004

The programme of this anniversary events will consist of two panels, one focusing primarily on the achievements of NATO related to the 2004 enlargement round, and a second one focusing on the current and future challenges that the Alliance faces, specifically on its eastern flank.

14:15-14:45   Walk-in and registration 
14:45-15:00   Word of welcome (Bob Deen)
15:00-16:00   First panel discussion: achievements

  • Baiba Braže, Ambassador-at-Large of Latvia and former NATO Assistant Secretary General
  • Andrej Benedejčič, Permanent Representative of Slovenia to NATO
  • Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Former Secretary General of NATO and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Clingendael Institute
  • Dan Neculăescu, Permanent Representative of Romania to NATO
  • Moderator: Bob Deen, Head of the Security Unit at the Clingendael Institute 

16:00-17:00   Second panel discussion: challenges

  • Peter Bátor, Permanent Representative of Slovakia to NATO
  • Nikolay Milkov, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, Permanent Representative of Bulgaria to NATO 
  • Žilvinas Tomkus, Deputy Minister of Defense of Lithuania
  • Anna Van Zoest, Director of the Netherlands Atlantic Association
  • Moderator: Dick Zandee, Senior Research Fellow at the Clingendael Institute 

17:00-18:00   Reception

Clingendael Institute
Clingendael 7, The Hague

Clingendael Institute

Clingendael is an independent think tank and a diplomatic academy, based in The Hague - City of Peace and Justice. We aim to contribute to a secure, sustainable and just world through our analyses, training and public debate. We work with partners across public and private sectors, including policymakers, members of the armed forces, diplomats, politicians and business executives.