On the invitation by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), BCSDN participated to the Study Group Meeting of the Section for External relations of the on the economic and social cohesion and European integration of the Western Balkans that took place on December 11th in Brussels. The aim of the meeting was EESC to gather relevant input from the ground for the preparation of their upcoming Explanatory opinion on the challenges and priorities on the Economic and social cohesion and European integration of the Western Balkans. BCSDN’s Policy and Advocacy Officer, Ms. Biljana Spasovska presented the challenges faced by CSOs in the region, based on the findings from the 2016 Regional Monitoring Matrix Report. For the preparation of the Opinion, the EESC organized fact-finding missions across the Western Balkans and will organize another round of consultations before its adoption, foreseen for the spring 2018. Read more here.