News archive - EU and the Western Balkans: Making Enlargement a More Credible Process?

As reported by CEP - European Policy Centre at its website, in the framework of the current Austrian presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Centre held a conference in order to find an answer to the titled question. The conference was part of the Western Balkans Reflection Forum Initiative, launched by a network of European think tanks in support of the Berlin Process. The conference discussed the best ways to keep the enlargement policy on the agenda of the European Union, both in Brussels and in member states. The participants also debated the current contribution of the Berlin Process, as well as their prognosis and expectations for the enlargement process in the future.

The topic of how to keep the enlargement policy in line with the EU’s agenda, bearing in mind the multiplicity of its priorities (Brexit, the upcoming European Parliament elections, other internal and external problems), was discussed by Peter Balash, Director of the Center for European Neighborhood Studies at Central European University (CEP), Corina Stratulat, Head of European Politics and Institutions programme and Senior Policy Analyst at the Brussels think tank European Policy Centre – EPC, and Tomasz Żornaczuk, Head of the Central Europe Programme at the Polish Institute of International Affairs.

Participants agreed that the progress of the countries in the region is slow, especially in the areas of democracy, rule of law, good governance, economic development, and good neighbourly relations, which are more or less the same problems shared by all the countries of the Western Balkans.

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The conference was jointly organized by the European Policy Centre (CEP, Belgrade), the Austro-French Centre for Rapprochement in Europe (CFA / ÖFZ), the Centre International de Formation Européenne (CIFE, Nice / Berlin), supported and in cooperation with the Open Regional Funds South- East Europe – Promotion of European Integration (German Cooperation – GIZ), Institut français des relations internationales (IFRI, Paris), Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI, Rome), the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP, Brussels) and the European Commission (Erasmus + program).

Geographical focus
  • WBC
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • General

Entry created by Admin on December 27, 2018
Modified on March 29, 2019