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Western Balkans in the spotlight in 2018

With positive messages and increased attention coming from the EU, 2017 seems to have ended on a high note for the Western Balkans. 2018 starts with the region being high on the agenda of Bulgaria’s EU Council Presidency, and promises a favourable context for advancing its EU bids. For this to happen, however, the six WB countries need to show results on the core EU-related reforms. Continue reading

The Western Balkans’ Berlin process: A new impulse for regional cooperation

Written by Velina Lilyanova, The six Western Balkan countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia – are united by the common goal of joining the EU. However, they still face divisions, both infrastructural and political, and are confronted, among other things, by a dire economic situation … Continue reading

EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian region (EUSAIR)

Written by Vasileios Margaras The EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) is the third EU macro-regional strategy, following the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (2009) and the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (2011). On a mandate from the European Council, the EUSAIR was developed jointly by the Commission with the … Continue reading

Equality for all – March plenary session

Written by Clare Ferguson International Women’s Day is celebrated on 8 March so naturally, progress on equality between women and men in the EU comes first on Parliament’s agenda for the next plenary session, taking place in Strasbourg from 9 to 12 March. Parliament has always taken a proactive stance on advancing gender equality, even before setting up … Continue reading

In focus week on the Western Balkans

The last three plenary sessions of the European Parliament (EP) featured one recurring policy issue: EU enlargement, reason enough to focus this week on the countries of the Western Balkans, and their varying progress towards EU membership. Assessing the progress of countries waiting in the queue to join is carried out in an annual exercise by the … Continue reading

Sarajevo process : the 1992-95 war refugee problem in the Western Balkans

The Sarajevo Process takes its name from the Sarajevo Declaration adopted in January 2005 at a Regional Ministerial Conference on Refugee Returns (Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro. It was further supported by the Belgrade Declaration, adopted at the Migration, Asylum and Refugees Regional Initiative (MARRI) Regional Forum, on 7 April 2006. The participating states committed to find a solution for the remaining … Continue reading

Montenegro: which challenges for EU accession?

Montenegro applied for EU membership in 2008, two years after its independence. While the second Commission progress report of 10 October 2012 acknowledged the country’s efforts to tackle its main challenges, it stressed that problems remain. State of play In line with a new EU approach to accession negotiations, from the beginning of talks in … Continue reading

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