The European Union has long supported its partners in the Western Balkans on their respective integration paths A credible enlargement policy is a key component of the EU’s Global Strategy and is not only a strategic investment in Europe’s security and prosperity, but has already contributed greatly to peace in formerly war-torn areas. The EU’s enlargement conditionality as well as the focus on strong regional cooperation helps create the political environment conducive to bilateral issues being resolved or no longer being politically instrumentalised. The IPA funds – now in its second period – build up the capacities of the countries throughout the accession process, resulting in progressive, positive developments in the region. IPA II, builds on the results already achieved by dedicating nearly €4 billion among individual partners in the Western Balkans and an additional €3 billion in multi-country funds for the period 2014-2020. Read more here.