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  • The Model of staged accession to the EU: Addressing the Western Balkans’ three key concerns

    Ever since its inception, the number of those supporting the Template model of staged accession to the EU has been sprouting. Primarily, this applies to the EU stakeholders from several member states who have recognised the Model’s potential to reform the enlargement policy. Moreover, the acquired feedback has been valuable as it allowed the authors to refine the Model further. The collected comments and reactions were used to produce a follow-up publication focused on addressing the four key concerns of EU stakeholders.

    Authors: Milena Lazarević | Strahinja Subotić

    EU Trio Presidency Rewind

    The complex system of governance of the European Union often blurs the distinction between where decisions are made and who is responsible for them. One of the major institutions that steer the direction of EU policies is the Council of the EU which is run by member states based on a model of rotation.

    Authors: Miloš Pavković | Strahinja Subotić

    France, the Western Balkans, and the European Union

    Although the relations between France and the Western Balkans (WB) have a long history, the intensity of French engagement in this region has varied over time and today there is arguably space for improvement. In fact, after two decades of modest interest in the region, France has recently signalled its intention to intensify its engagement in the Western Balkans.

    Authors: Strahinja Subotić | Miloš Pavković | Kristina Nikolić

    The Model of Staged Accession: Addressing the EU’s four key concerns

    The model of staged accession has captured some attention in the discussions on the future of the EU enlargement policy. Initially published in October 2021, the proposal has so far inspired several cross-European debates, and gained support by numerous members of the expert community as well as some policymakers.

    Authors: Milena Lazarević | Strahinja Subotić

    Accession negotiations according to the revised Methodology of the EU

    The Council of the EU officially endorsed Commission’s proposal for a revised enlargement methodology for the Western Balkans in March 2020. It envisages a thematic division of chapters into six clusters – thematic units. Although the revised methodology was primarily made to apply to accession processes of Albania and North Macedonia, the proposed changes can be accommodated within the existing negotiating framework of Serbia as well.

    Authors: Strahinja Subotić | Anesa Omeragić

    Unpacking the 2021 Enlargement Package

    After the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, there were moderate expectations in 2021 in terms of the Western Balkans’ recovery and progression into the EU. Recognising that the pandemic created new challenges in the region all the while exacerbating the existing ones, the European Policy Centre (CEP) organised an online discussion in order to unpack the 2021 Enlargement Package.

    Authors: Strahinja Subotić | Miloš Pavković

    Europe Complete

    The Conference on the Future of Europe (CotFoE) presents a unique opportunity for citizens to discuss – at a European, national, regional and local level – how to shape the future of the old continent in terms of securing reforms that would lead towards progress, prosperity, and security. As these issues cannot be properly tackled without integrating the Western Balkans (WB) into the wider debates, European Policy Centre (CEP – Belgrade) has taken a proactive step forward by organising a high-level conference under the name EUROPE COMPLETE.

    Authors: Strahinja Subotić | Miloš Pavković | Sava Mitrović

    A Template for Staged Accession to the EU

    If there can be a broad intuitive appeal for the idea of staged accession, then what naturally follows is the need for a detailed explanation on how this would work in practice, which this paper explores for each of the EU institutions.

    Authors: Michael Emerson | Milena Lazarević | Steven Blockmans | Strahinja Subotić

    The Slovenian Presidency of Council of the EU

    After Portugal, the presidency of the Council of the EU moved from the Iberian Peninsula to the Balkan Peninsula as Slovenia took it over on 1 July 2021. Its presiding over the Union will round off the work of its co-members of the Trio, Germany and Portugal, whose key task was to better facilitate efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Authors: Strahinja Subotić | Miloš Pavković

    New negotiating structure

    The Government of Serbia has passed a Decision that changes the current negotiating structure, in accordance with the revised methodology of EU enlargement.

    Authors: Strahinja Subotić | Anesa Omeragić
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