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Policy brief: The Berlin Process. What worked and what did not work? And why?

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The document analyzes the results of the Berlin process framework. It evaluates the progress made in terms of policies such as youth co-operation, infrastructure connectivity and bilateral issues.

In addition, it notes that in terms of youth cooperation, success has been achieved with the establishment of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office – RYCO. The process of creating the RYCO included meetings of political and state representatives with representatives of youth and civil organizations from the region in one place.

However, negative precedent in Macedonia was noticed, where a large number of civil society organizations questioned the representative of the civil society in the RYCO Steering Committee as a person employed in a state institution and who comes from a political party.

Regarding the infrastructural interconnections between countries, success is also identified through the support of specific cross-border and regional infrastructure projects that give added value to trans-European transport and energy networks.

The brief also concludes that the Berlin process had limited success in resolving bilateral disputes between the countries of the Western Balkans and that significant success has not been noticed despite declarative efforts and preparedness for solving this problems.

Authors of this document are Zoran Nechev from IDSCS, Gentiola Madhi, Adnan Cherimagic and Jovan Nichic.

The Berlin Process. What worked and what did not work? And why?

Photo: From the presentation of the policy brief in Tirana, Albania.

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