A New Approach

The EU and the Western Balkans

12 February 2020

Spasimir Domaradzki

Visegrad Insight Fellow

The European Commission’s plans for strengthening the accession process for the Western Balkans contain interesting solutions with great potential, but may also have some weaknesses.

On February 6, the European Commission announced a new approach to the accession process for the Western Balkans. Exactly on the same day, two years earlier, it disclosed a “new” strategy for the Western Balkans. If implemented right, it will be fully compatible with the collective goals of Central Europe.

The new approach:

  • emphasises the responsibility of politicians involved in the enlargement process,
  • improves the sense of partnership through the participation of representatives of candidate countries in important EU meetings,
  • engages EU countries into the negotiation process, and
  • mobilises institutions involved in the enlargement process for greater participation.

The communication on the accession process creates room for a new opening in March when the decision to start membership negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania will be raised again at the European Council.

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Spasimir Domaradzki

Visegrad Insight Fellow

Visegrad Insight Fellow. Researcher and lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies of the University of Warsaw and Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Lazarski University in Warsaw.

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