Issue Brief on “EU’s Western Balkan’s Policy Put to Test”


On February 2, 2018, the European Commission launched its new enlargement strategy for the Western Balkans  offering to help and “urgently redouble their efforts, address vital reforms and complete their political, economic and social transformation,”[1]  for all six EU aspirant states – Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania.

The Commission has urged the states of the region to implement reforms and make a clear commitment to the “fundamental values” of the European bloc. The strategy further states that, “joining the EU is far more than a technical process. It is a generational choice, based on fundamental values, which each country must embrace more actively, from their foreign and regional policies right down to what children are taught at school.”[2]

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