Commission to rely more on financial engineering for external action

By |junij 3rd, 2020|coronavirus economic response, External Action, Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), News, Recovery Fund, Western Balkans|

The European Commission's fresh budget proposal is set to increase the overall financing available for external action but it will rely more on financial engineering, with guarantees and 'multiplier effects', than on traditional funding via the EU long...

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Enlargement Package postponed until autumn, negotiation framework to go ahead in June

By |maj 20th, 2020|AFET Committee, Albania, Bulgaria, enlargement, Enlargement Package, EU-Western Balkans Summit, France, News, North Macedonia, Oliver Varhelyi, Western Balkans|

Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Várhelyi confirmed to EU lawmakers on Tuesday (19 May) that the publication of the European Commission's enlargement package has been postponed until autumn due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Enlargement Package postponed until autumn, negotiation framework to go ahead in June

Coronavirus used to promote anti-EU narrative in Balkans, report finds

By |april 1st, 2020|coronavirus, disinformation, News, Serbia, Western Balkans|

The ongoing coronavirus crisis is feeding into the narrative that the EU is “turning its back” on the Western Balkans, the European External Action Service (EEAS) said in an updated report on ongoing disinformation campaigns surrounding the pandemic, published on Wednesday (1 April).

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Coronavirus used to promote anti-EU narrative in Balkans, report finds

EU announces COVID-19 help for Balkans, Eastern neighbours after criticism

By |marec 30th, 2020|Aleksandar Vučić, China, coronavirus, Eastern Partnership, News, Serbia, Western Balkans|

The EU on Monday (30 March) announced nearly €40 million to help Western Balkan countries deal with the coronavirus, after Brussels came under fire for not doing enough for its neighbours.

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The Commission’s Eastern Partnership strategy is disappointing

By |marec 24th, 2020|Eastern Partnership, enlargement fatigue, EU enlargement, geopolitics, Georgia, Moldova, News, Russia, Ukraine, Von der Leyen Commission, Western Balkans|

Distance should not be a criterion: Georgia is better prepared for EU membership than the frontrunners of the Western Balkans, writes Andrius Kubilius.

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EU enlargement needs better strategic communication

By |marec 12th, 2020|enlargement fatigue, EU enlargement, News, Western Balkans|

The advancement of peace, democracy, respect for human rights and rule of law in the Western Balkans region and their future in a strong and reformed EU is critical for the future of our continent and our fellow citizens, write...

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New Kosovo PM ready to revoke tariffs for Serbian goods

By |februar 24th, 2020|Albin Kurti, EU enlargement, Kosovo, Kosovo recognition, News, reconciliation, Serbia, Western Balkans|

A few years ago, the newly elected Kosovo prime minister overturned Serbian trucks. But Albin Kurti now says he is ready to revoke tariffs introduced by his predecessor on Serbian goods.

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Trump names his star ambassador Grenell acting director of national intelligence

By |februar 20th, 2020|CIA, Donald Trump, News, Richard Grenell, Western Balkans|

President Donald Trump on Wednesday (19 February) named US ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, a strong supporter of his policies, to be acting director of national intelligence.

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Risk still there for Ukraine to become frozen conflict – OSCE chief

By |februar 19th, 2020|Donbas, enlargement, MSC2020, Munich security conference, News, Normandy format, OSCE, OSCE Minsk group, Russia, Thomas Greminger, Ukraine, Ukraine conflict, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Western Balkans|

Despite recent rapprochement between Ukraine and Russia, the full implementation of the Minsk agreements is still "miles away" and there is still a risk that the separatist regions could turn into another "frozen conflict", OSCE Secretary-General, Thom...

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EU in ‘frank’ talks with Western Balkan nations seeking membership

By |februar 17th, 2020|Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Charles Michel, Emmanuel Macron, enlargement fatigue, EU enlargement, France, Kosovo, Montenegro, News, North Macedonia, Serbia, Western Balkans|

European Council president Charles Michel on Sunday (16 February) met with leaders of the six Western Balkan nations seeking to join the EU, for 'frank' talks ahead of a key summit in Zagreb in May.

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