“Six Principles to Guide EU Action in the Western Balkans”, Majda Ruge (IAI, Italy)

Amid uncertainty about future EU enlargement prospects and the US’s continued shift towards the Indo-Pacific, one of the few axioms in circulation when it comes to the Western Balkans revolves around the need for an alternative EU agenda for the region. So far, this agenda has mostly been articulated within the framework of the Berlin Process, as an ambition to integrate the economies in the region and facilitate the unhindered cross-border flow of goods, services, people and capital. The effort is supported by 9 billion euro in grants and 20 billion euro in loans for connectivity projects in the field of transport, energy and digital infrastructure.

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