Monitoring Matrix on Enabling Environment for Civil Society Development

This Regional Report is based on the country Monitoring Matrix reports produced in the scope of the “Balkan Civil Society Acquis – Strengthening the Advocacy and Monitoring Potential and Capacities of Civil Society Organizations”, a project funded by the European Union (EU) and the Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD). The monitoring is conducted based on […]

Limited Progress : Reiterated recommendations

The country report (2016) and the Enlargement Strategy (2016) highlight and welcome the entry into force of the Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) on 1st April 2016. This step shows a continued commitment on both sides to foster EU related reforms and thus pave Kosovo’s way to joining the EU. Though, Kosovo remains the only country not included […]

One step forward, two steps back

2016 marked waking up from an almost decade long slumber in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s path to the European Union. With the new EU approach from December 2014,1 the focus was shifted to addressing urgent socio-economic reforms. In 2015, BiH returned to the road of reforms, leading to the submission of Application for EU membership in February 2016 and the […]

Still a ”Work in progress” case

The 2016 European Commission’s report on Albania could be considered as one the most important reports since the European Union granted the country the candidate status in 2014. For the first time, the Commission recommended the opening of accession negotiations with Albania, subject to credible and concrete progress in the implementation of a justice reform and in particular, the […]

Back to Basics: Re-affirming the Rule of Law December 2016 in the Western Balkans

This paper urges decision makers in Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, as well as civil society and regional organizations committed to the EU integration of the Western Balkans countries and EU institutions to address the shortcomings of the EU-related efforts of these countries to this point and the overall reforms that aim for the democratization of the region. Evidence shows […]