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Maria-Antoaneta Neag

Originally from Romania, Maria-Antoaneta Neag contributes from Brussels on various facets of EU-Balkan relations today. In preparing her articles, interviews and briefings, Maria gains direct access to the thoughts and policies of decision makers, diplomats, academic experts and NGO leaders.

In particular, this interaction and research regards EU dialogue with the Western Balkans and Turkey, international relations within the European Parliament, and specialized issues affecting the Balkans such as diplomatic relations, justice, ethnic affairs and migration policies.

Maria is currently working in the European public administration, after following developments in the area of civil liberties and home affairs within the European Parliament for the EPP Group, working on EU policy-making on issues such as migration, asylum and visas, data protection, PNR, anti-terrorism, EU internal security strategy. Her previous position was also in the European Parliament, and involved assisting Romania’s official EPP delegation by accommodating parliamentarians’ activities and events, conducting briefings and background analysis, as well as negotiating common positions with other political groups and national delegations.

Apart from her work in Brussels, Maria-Antoaneta Neag has considerable experience with diverse international educational and political organizations. She has served as panel chair for events held by the Robert Schuman Institute and participated in seminars and workshops on ethnicity, history, migration, economics, campaign management, corporate and political communication for international entities including the  Brown International Advanced Research Institutes, Oxford Department for Continuing Education, the Centre for Ethnicity and Culture (CVEK, Bratislava), the Ludwig von Mises Institute Europe, the International Republican Institute, the David Ogilvy Communication and Public Relations Department (National School of Political and Administrative Sciences, Bucharest) and the Professional Training Unit of the European Parliament’s in Brussels.

Maria has further contributed with articles (i.e. Romania’s Istorie si Civilizatie (History and Civilization) magazine and Romanian Journal of International Relations and European Studies (ROJIRES)) and encyclopaedia entries (i.e. under Oxford University Press, ABC Clio and other online platforms).

In addition to her native Romanian, Maria is a fluent speaker of English and Spanish, and has advanced knowledge of Italian and French. She holds a PhD in History (2014, thesis Representations of Romania in the European institutional setting) from the University of Bucharest, and holds an MA in History (2008) from the same university. She also holds a BA in Political Science from the National School of Political and Administrative Sciences, Bucharest (2004).

*Note: Maria shares her personal views, which are intended to be neutral and for research purposes. They do not necessarily reflect the official position of the European Parliament.

Status: Maria-Antoaneta Neag is currently available for speaking engagements and event participation.

All previous Articles, Interviews and Briefings by Maria-Antoaneta Neag

“The EU and Turkey Need Each Other”: Interview with Ambassador Selim Yenel (July 20, 2016)

EU-Turkey EU-Turkey Dialogue Reboots amid Migrant Crisis (October 7, 2015)

New EU Provisional Migration Solutions Strain Relations in the Western Balkans, Central Europe (September 30, 2015)

Agreement Reached on the European Agenda on Migration, but Significant Challenges Remain (July 23, 2015)

Croatia’s EU Accession and some Effects on Regional States (January 28, 2012)

In Brussels, Turkey’s Davutoğlu Discusses Arab Spring Challenges, EU Relations (November 12, 2012)

Reflections on the Future of Europe (October 28, 2012)

Where Turkey Stands with the EU Today: Interview with Ambassador Selim Yenel (July 10, 2012) Briefing on the Europlus’ Enlargement Debate (June 19, 2012)

The Future of EU Enlargement in the Western Balkans: Interview with Eduard Kukan (April 11, 2012) Briefing on the EP Debate on Macedonia’s Enlargement Report (March 14, 2012) Briefing with Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki (February 15, 2012) Briefing with Dr. Oğuz Borat, Acting Director and Member of the Management Board of Turkey’s Vocational Qualification Authority (VQA) (January 24, 2012) Briefing with Dilek Istar Ates, Project Manager and Researcher, Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD) (November 30, 2011)

European Identity, Politics and the Western Balkans: Interview with György Schopflin, MEP, Part One (November 28, 2011)

Serbia’s Brain Drain, Brain Gain and Brain Circulation (October 17, 2011) Briefing with Egemen Bağış, Turkish Minister for EU Affairs (September 27, 2011)

Civil Society’s Continuing Role in Serbia and the Western Balkans: Interview with Sonja Licht (September 10, 2011) Briefing with Dr Michal Vašečka, Director of CVEK (August 1, 2011) Briefing with Eglantina Zyka, Lecturer in Statistics at the University of Tirana (August 1, 2011 Briefing with Dr Lucian Boia (July 9, 2011)

Kosovo’s EU Relations and Reform Process: Interview with Lutfi Haziri (June 21, 2011)

Turkish Foreign Policy and Ongoing EU Dialogue: Interview with Egemen Bağış, Turkish Minister for European Union Affairs and Chief Negotiator with the EU (June 5, 2011)

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