External Differentiated Integration in Justice and Home Affairs: Participation of the Western Balkan Countries in EU Agencies

Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) policies, and especially migration and border management, have been on the forefront of deepening relations between the European Union and the countries of the Western Balkans. The recent events caused by the migration and asylum governance crisis in 2015/16 have clearly shown that EU problem-solving outputs in migration management have […]

The European Union New Methodology and its long-term impact on accession negotiations

On July 15, 2019, the French President Emmanuel Macron visited Serbia. At that moment in time, North Macedonia was already waiting to start accession negotiations based on the fulfilment of the Copenhagen criteria and the resolution of the bilateral issue with Greece. Albania was also knocking on EU doors completing the final reforms required from […]

The Impact of Regional Organizations and Initiatives in the Western Balkans

The goals of the paper titled The Actual Impact of Regional Organizations and Initiatives on Regional Cooperation/Integration and Good Neighborly Relations in the Western Balkans: Success and Limiting Factors are twofold. First, it sheds light on the phenomenon on mushrooming regional organisations and initiatives in the Western Balkans against the background of ethnic disputes and […]

Stimulating strategic autonomy: Western Balkans’ contribution for a shared European Future

Under the title “Stimulating strategic autonomy. Western Balkans’ contribution for a shared European Future” the 2020 Think Tank Forum welcomed more than 150 experts and participants to Skopje, North Macedonia in March 2020. Following the precedent event in Poznan, Poland the year before, the Think Tank Forum is connected to the Berlin Process, a format […]

Is the EU’s Accession Conditionality Paving the Way for a More Integrated Rule of Law Policy in the EU?

EU enlargement has been one of the principal vectors of differentiation in the process of European integration due to transitional opt-outs from some obligations (and privileges) of membership (Schimmelfennig 2014). Also, EU accession conditionality has demanded compliance with conditions which in some cases have entailed much stricter obligations for the (potential) new Member States in […]