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While Bulgaria has recognised providing a clear European perspective for the WB countries as its first priority, Estonia has rather kept its centre of interest and activities on the Digital Single Market, while omitting enlargement from its top priorities; as for Austria, it is expected that it will direct its attention mostly on the issues of immigration and security, while simultaneously aiding the EU perspective of the region.
The aim of this CEP Insight is to analyse Bulgaria and Austria’s priorities, with a special focus on their prioritisation of enlargement in the context of changing dynamics in the Western Balkan region (WB). This Insight also provides an overview of what being on the EU’s agenda means for the WB and outlines what lies ahead on the region’s path towards the EU.