EU Dithering Leaves Western Balkans Prey to Other Suitors

CfP: European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) 2018-2019 Supporting a civil society through Country-Based Support Schemes (CBSS) , North Macedonia (Deadline: 03.06.2019)
May 2, 2019
Foreign Authoritarian Influence in the Western Balkans
May 15, 2019

After years of taking the Western Balkan region for granted, there were great expectations that the European Commission’s strategy paper published in February 2018 would herald a new and more determined EU engagement. Unfortunately, this has not been the case, raising serious concerns as to whether some member states fully grasp what is at stake in the region. Last year’s June European Council failed to adopt the EC’s recommendation on the opening of accession negotiations with both Albania and North Macedonia. Instead, the EU postponed a decision for both countries until June this year, “depending on progress made”. Read more here.

Source: CEPS

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