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European Investment Bank: assisting the Western Balkans against COVID-19
COVID-19 crisis is an opportunity to enhance EU – Western Balkans relations
The beginning of this year promised to reset the sluggish dynamics of the EU-Western Balkans relationship, following the EU’s endorsement of a revised accession framework. However, the pandemic has shifted the focus to other topics, like solidarity and economic recovery. What impact will developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic have on the EU accession process of the region? What are the EU’s expectations from the region in the following period? We will address these questions in this podcast episode with our Chairman of the Governing Board and BIEPAG member, Srđan Majstorović.
EU, Western Balkans and COVID-19: Preventing EU’s cold from causing a bad fever in the region
The COVID-19 pandemic has stopped the whole world, in one way or another. How is Brussels, the "capital of the European Union", coping with the crisis? How are think tanks, educational institutions and NGOs in Europe struggling with it and how is it affecting their work? Does the EU have time to pay attention to its Western Balkan neighbours now, or is it preoccupied with its own problems? And - to what extent do events in Europe affect the Balkans, whether we like it or not? To discuss these topics, we have invited Nenad Šebek, journalist and CSO's and media consultant and Dušan Reljić, Head of the Brussels Brussels office of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP Berlin). Find more about SWP here: www.swp-berlin.org/en/
Keeping a physical distance, yet keeping the region close
The ongoing #COVID19 pandemic can be observed as a case study for the global, European, and regional solidarity and cooperation - or, the lack of thereof. Which side outweighs? When it comes to the Western Balkans, how this crisis influenced the already fragile relationships between countries? Can we hope that we will get out of this crisis smarter? To discuss this and other related topics, we reached Majlinda Bregu, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)and former member of the Albanian Parliament and Minister of European Integration in the Albanian Government. RCC serves regional cooperation and European and Euro-Atlantic integration of South East Europe in order to spark development in the region to the benefit of its people. Find out more about their work here: www.rcc.int
To boycott or not to boycott, that is the question now
Nataša Vučković, member of the Parliament and executive director of the Center for Democracy Foundation and Nenad Šebek, journalist and CSO's and media consultant discuss this election dilemma and much more in CEP's latest podcast.