• The Green Agenda for the Western Balkans

    By signing the Sofia Declaration on the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans in October 2020, leaders from the region recognised the importance of the European Green Deal (EGD), which is the EU’s new growth strategy towards a modern, climate neutral, resource-efficient and competitive economy.

    Authors: Sava Mitrović

    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

    CEFTA and Common Regional Market

    On the auspices of the Berlin Process Summit, WB agreed upon creating a Common Regional Market and tasked CEFTA Secretariat with leading the implementation efforts in trade-related issues.

    Authors: Dušan Ristić

    The Central European Social Model

    The policy paper deals with the issue of creating a Central European Social Model as a next step in the CEFTA development. In this regard, given the strong bonds existing between CEFTA and the EU, the author puts forward the hypothesis that the European Social Model should serve as a guideline for creating the Central European Social Model.

    Authors: Mina Kuzminac

    CEFTA: The trust machine for Common Regional Market

    Despite a successful implementation providing for a zero tariff trade across the region, the trade within the CEFTA area is inhibited by numerous non-tariff barriers to trade (NBTs). Waiting time at crossing points in CEFTA generates up to 800 M€ per year.

    Authors: Zoran Sretić

    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 French Presidency of Council of the EU

    In January 2022, France – one of the founding member states of the EU – embarked on 6-months long journey for the second time since the Lisbon Treaty adoption, and the 13th time in total. French Presidency comes at a time of a power vacuum in the EU, particularly after the UK had left the EU and in the aftermath of the retirement of the long-serving German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    Authors: Miloš Pavković

    French Engagement in the Western Balkans

    After years of lower interest, France has signaled its ambition to re-engage in the Western Balkans. It is not starting from scratch. Historical affinities with the countries of the region abound, in culture, sciences, politics and economy.

    Authors: CEP

    The EU as a promoter of democracy or ‘stabilitocracy’ in the Western Balkans?

    Through its enlargement policy, the EU seeks to foster democratisation in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia, also called Western Balkans six (WB6). Despite years of efforts, the EU’s policies have not brought about the expected change.

    Authors: Clingendael | Think for Europe

    The Model of Staged Accession to the European Union

    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
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