The development of civil society in the Western Balkan countries and Turkey (WBT) was predetermined
by the region’s historical, political, economic and cultural contexts. Vast majority of the Western Balkan
countries were under the socialist regime and their transition into full democratic systems is still in
progress. The evolution of civil society started in the 1990’s and has till now significantly progressed in
the development of the enabling legal environment for the operation of the civil society.