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Maria-Antoaneta Neag

Originally from Romania, Maria-Antoaneta Neag contributes for Balkanalysis.com 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.

Currently working in the area of civil liberties and home affairs within the European Parliament, Maria’s daily work relates directly to EU policy-making on issues such as migration and asylum, visa facilitation and liberalization schemes, data protection, EU internal security strategy and Roma inclusion.

Maria’s 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 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 articles to Romania’s Istorie si Civilizatie (History and Civilization) magazine.

In addition to her native Romanian, Maria is a fluent English speaker and has advanced knowledge of Italian, and also intermediate French and Spanish. She is currently completing a PhD in History 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).

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

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

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)

Balkanalysis.com 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)

Balkanalysis.com Briefing on the EP Debate on Macedonia’s Enlargement Report (March 14, 2012)

Balkanalysis.com Briefing with Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki (February 15, 2012)

Balkanalysis.com Briefing with Dr. Oğuz Borat, Acting Director and Member of the Management Board of Turkey’s Vocational Qualification Authority (VQA) (January 24, 2012)

Balkanalysis.com 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)

Balkanalysis.com 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)

Balkanalysis.com Briefing with Dr Michal Vašečka, Director of CVEK (August 1, 2011)

Balkanalysis.com Briefing with Eglantina Zyka, Lecturer in Statistics at the University of Tirana (August 1, 2011

Balkanalysis.com 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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