The German Presidency of the Council of the EU
The German Presidency of the Council of the EU takes place against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the EU, along with the rest of the world, needs quick and bold action to adapt to the resulting tectonic changes. These circumstances have pushed Germany to lead the Union across the Rubicon in regard to the future of the European project.
Serbia’s COVID-19 Diplomacy and the Outcomes of the Zagreb Summit
The beginning of this year promised to reset the sluggish dynamics of Serbia’s EU accession path. Following the EU’s endorsement of the revised enlargement methodology, however, the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the focus of the relationship between Serbia and the EU to economic recovery and questions of solidarity. Hence, the long-awaited EU-Western Balkans Summit which took place on 6 May 2020 has also adjusted its format and declaration to respond to these unprecedented times.
Timeline of foreign assistance for fighting COVID-19
Throughout the COVID19 pandemic, 16 countries have sent assistance to Serbia. To see a full list of donors and a timeline of their assistance, check out this infographic.
The EU financial support package to the Western Balkans
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the EU has prepared a large financial package for the Western Balkans. This infographic untangles what it consists of and how is it distributed among the regional partners.
What have we learned from the COVID-19 crisis in terms of Sino-Serbian relations?
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Serbian and international expert community has become alarmed by Serbia’s overwhelming emphasis on China in its fight against the virus. Coupled with a statement proclaiming the end of European solidarity by the Serbian President as a result of the EU’s untimely assistance, recent developments in Sino-Serbian relations warrant attention – especially from the perspective of Serbia’s EU accession process.
Foreign Economic Involvement in Serbia
This inforgaphic has been made within the scope of the project “Serbia on the crossroads between West and East.”
On 30 January 2020, the European Policy Centre – CEP hosted “The Future of Think Tanks and Policy Advice in the Context of Democratic Crises” conference.
Croatia’s Presidency of the Council of the EU
Croatia takes over the Council Presidency from Finland at a turbulent time for enlargement policy, especially after the opening of accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia was postponed yet again. While such a move caused shockwaves among the expert community, it also had a snowball effect of putting enlargement back on the agenda of EU leaders.
Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU
While the Council of the EU has been headed by the countries from the Western Balkan’s neighbourhood (Austria, Bulgaria, and Romania) in the last 18 months, the time has come for Finland – a country geographically distant from the region – to take over.
Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU
On 1 January 2019, Romania started presiding over the Council of the EU, for the first time since joining the Union. It took up the baton from Austria, a country whose priorities mainly revolved around strengthening the EU’s security, tackling the migration issue, and supporting the Western Balkan’s EU perspective. What about Romania’s priorities?