A Template for Staged Accession to the EU
If there can be a broad intuitive appeal for the idea of staged accession, then what naturally follows is the need for a detailed explanation on how this would work in practice, which this paper explores for each of the EU institutions.
Overcoming the enlargement impasse – some ideas for the Slovenian presidency
The Slovenian presidency of the EU starting on 1 July has placed the state of the enlargement process for the Western Balkans high on its list of priorities.
Breaking the impasse: Exploiting new opportunities to strengthen EU-Western Balkans relations
This discussion paper argues that successful economic and democratic transformation of the Western Balkans depends not only on a more coherent political engagement of the EU and its member states with the region, but also on a more effective use of the full range of tools within the enlargement policy toolbox.
The Conference on the Future of Europe: Is the EU still serious about the Balkans?
If the EU does not count the Balkan countries among the stakeholders who should participate, in some form, in the upcoming Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE), then one has to wonder whether the Union is still serious about the European perspective of the region.
Away with the enlargement bogeyman
The enlargement of the European Union to the Western Balkans is still an uncertainty, fifteen years after the countries of the region were promised a European perspective at the 2003 Thessaloniki Summit.
2018 – the Year Credible EU Enlargement Policy Returns?
This paper suggests the need to change the current approach and structure of the EU Enlargement Policy.
Transparency and opacity in the EU accession negotiations
This discussion paper argues that the current dynamics in Serbia’s EU accession talks and the existing modes of interaction between the Serbian government, civil society and European Commission (EC) are not conducive to swift and sustainable progress on the EU track.