Think Tanks in Central and Eastern Europe and the Quality of Their Policy Research

The think tanks of Central and Eastern Europe have been often praised for their ability to influence governmental policies and less so to analyze various policy alternatives. The literature to date has looked in the impact of these organizations assuming that it is backed by a quality of research. This paper will show that the […]

Progress shown, challenges still ahead

Serbia began its EU accession negotiations in January 2014, while the screening process was completed in March 2015.  The newly issued Serbia 2015 Report clearly states that the contry has taken major steps that should lead to the first chapters of the EU accession negotiation being opened. This has been confirmed by the Commissioner for […]

The “carrot” approach

This paper will provide an analysis of the main findings of the European Commission’s (EC) 2015 Kosovo report, it will identify the key challenges outlined by the EC and the expectations the Commission has from the authorities of Kosovo. The highlight of the reporting period is the signing of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) […]

The western balkans and its eu integration: 2015 comparative overview

This is the first structured attempt to provide an analysis of the EU Progress Reports on Western Balkan countries and their immediate follow-up, on the basis of a harmonised methodology and unique approach by a group of CSOs (see Appendix 1). A comprehensive objective analysis of the EU progress reports of the Western Balkan countries […]

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 […]

Annual report for 2016

The political crisis continued to prevail in the public discourse in 2016. The lack of implementation of the June/July (Przhino) Agreement by four biggest political parties led to postponing the early parliamentary elections and a new Agreement Przhino2 in July 2016, facilitated by representatives of the International Community. The latter foresaw postponement of the election […]