News archive - [Organisation Announcement] Western Balkan 6 Advocacy Group launches its online platform

WB6 Advocacy Group is an initiative of Western Balkan think tanks coming from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, FYR of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia,  aimed at accelerating and facilitating the European Union enlargement towards the Western Balkans. 

The Western Balkan 6 (WB6) Advocacy Group which was established on 29 September 2016, launched the portal in order to better communicate with its target groups and interested public. CSOs from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, FYR of Macedonia and Serbia have initiated the forming of this group to facilitate and accelerate the accession of the entire region to the European Union.
One of the Group's main priorities will be to change the region's negative image. Its aim is to alert to the relevance of the Western Balkans to the EU and push the enlargement to the region back to the Union agenda through improved regional cooperation and concerted advocacy efforts vis-à-vis European decision makers.
One of the WB6 Advocacy Group's first activities is to present the Guidelines for the Advocacy Strategy for the EU Integration of the Western Balkans and other relevant material on the WB6 AG Portal.

Through its programs and initiatives, the Group encourages advocacy efforts of national administrations, parliaments and civil society organizations and offers ideas on how to highlight arguments for faster accession to the EU, better cope with the EU “enlargement fatigue” and contribute to developing a positive perception of the region

For this purpose, the Group carries out research, publishes reports and policy papers, provides fora for public discussion, initiates dialogue between stakeholders, conducts outreach campaigns and issues direct calls for action.

The establishment and organisation of the WB6 Advocacy Group was supported by the partner think tanks from the Visegrad Group (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia), which shared their national experiences in advocating EU integration. The Advocacy Group is a result of a one-year research project implemented by the European Movement in Serbia with other regional and V4 think tanks and supported by the Visegrad Fund and German Cooperation. The portal is supported by the Regional Cooperation Council.

Source: WB6 Advocacy Group

Geographical focus
  • Western Balkans
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary
  • General

Entry created by Anna Sirocco on October 21, 2016
Modified on November 4, 2016