The Berlin Process: Crystallisation point for the Western Balkans

    The Berlin Process: Crystallisation point for the Western Balkans

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    A Regional study on the implementation of the commitments from the 2015 Vienna Western Balkans Summit

    The diplomatic initiative known as the Berlin Process was born in 2014, after the German Chancellor Ms Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Mr Frank-Walter Steinmeier initiated the conference on the Western Balkans. This conference took place in Berlin and gathered the heads of states, foreign ministers and ministers of economy of the Western Balkan countries – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia – and representatives of Austria, France and Germany and the European Commission.1 In the Final Declaration by the Chair of this conference, it was stated that the participants agreed to establish a framework for a period of four years, during which they will strive to “make additional real progress in the reform process, in resolving outstanding bilateral and internal issues, and in achieving reconciliation within and between the societies in the region [of the Western Balkans]”.

    Furthermore, it was stated that the participants were “also united in the aim of enhancing regional economic cooperation and laying the foundations for sustainable growth.”All those issues included in the Berlin Process are of the special importance for the region of the Western Balkans, particularly in the light of the 2015 European Union (EU) Enlargement Strategy that highlights good neighbourly relations and regional cooperation as essential elements for the integration of the these countries to the EU.

    The Berlin Process: Crystallisation point for the Western Balkans 

    The Berlin Process: Crystallisation point for the Western Balkans

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