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EUROPEAN INTEGRATION OF THE WESTERN BALKANS - CAN THE VISEGRAD GROUP COUNTRIES BE A ROLE MODEL?
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EUROPEAN INTEGRATION OF THE WESTERN BALKANS - CAN THE VISEGRAD GROUP COUNTRIES SERVE AS ROLE MODELS?

 

 

The project aims to identify practical lessons for Serbia and the Western Balkans (WB), which could make the EU enlargement process towards this region faster and more efficient. The project deals with the results of the great EU expansion in 2004 and its implications for internal reforms in the Visegrad Group countries (V4), as well as related adjustments within the EU. The V4 countries had a successful cooperation during the pre-accession period which has been partly emulated by the WB countries. There were formal and informal formats of cooperation combined – CEFTA, as a contractual arrangement and V4 as informal high level forum exchanging views on foreign policy and security issues and coordinating some of the related policies. The WB countries have a myriad of cooperation arrangements in different areas led by CEFTA 2006, as an adjusted arrangement following the original CEFTA arrangement of V4 countries. The main assumption of this specific project is that there is a regional dimension in sharing experiences of the EU integration process both in the case of the V4 and WB.

Goal

The goal is to contribute in WB EU integration process, particularly in Serbia, through V4 integration experience.

Specific goals:
 
  • to determine relevant V4 EU integration experience applicable to WB and Serbia;
  • to promote applicable V4 integration experience among decision makers in WB and Serbia.

Activities
 
  • Research

The project deals with the integration capacities of Serbia, WB and V4 countries, as well as the EU itself. The balance of enlargement/accession for the V4 countries (successes/failures) will be examined by each partner organization. This will be done through 5 country analyses which will give overview of the results achieved in: 1. the field of foreign and security policy, 2. changes in the internal political system and the functioning of democratic institutions, 3. structural reforms, functioning of their economies and the social system. Achievements of the V4 countries in these areas since joining the EU have been important incentive both for the WB countries and the EU in justifying further enlargement efforts but also in identifying key strengths and weaknesses of the process.
The same analytical procedure would be used to determinethe current position of Serbia (progress made so far, biggest laggings, sources of support, deceleration in the reform and EU integration process).
Each analysis will give a short assessment of the EU capacity and political interest/willingness to proceed with the enlargement process, primarily to the WB. Also, each analysis will include recommendations in the proposed areas for Serbia and WB countries. They will be summarized in a policy paper, including joint conclusions, prepared by EMinS and discussed in a public debate in Belgrade.

 

  • Public events
The results of research and analysis conducted will be presented and discussed on public debate in Belgrade. After the debate, final adjustments of the policypaper will be made, presented in Warsaw and disseminated to the target groups.
 

Target audience:

The project target groups are primarily decision makers in the proposed policy areas in Serbia and the WB. In the V4countries and the EU institutions primarily target groups are those involved in the execution or approval of the enlargement policy.

Timeframe for realization:

The project will be realised from December 2014 to May 2015.

The project is financially supported by the International Visegrad Fund.

Opinions and attitudes expressed on this webpage, as well as all electronic and printed material related to the project are opinions and attitudes of the author and his/her colleagues and as such, do not necessarily represent  the official opinion of the International Visegrad Fund.
 

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Poll
Can10 years expirience of the Visegrad Group contries in the EU help Serbia on its path to accession?
Yes
Somewhat
No
Results
Poll
Can10 years expirience of the Visegrad Group contries in the EU help Serbia on its path to accession?
Yes
Somewhat
No
Results