TEPSA Brief: “Challenges of Enlargement in the Western Balkans”, Danijela Jaćimović, Joel I. Deichmann and Kong Tianping (UCG, Montenegro)

TEPSA is happy to present its first policy brief of 2022 “Challenges of Enlargement in the Western Balkans”, written by Danijela Jaćimović, Professor at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Montenegro, Joel I. Deichmann, Professor of Economic Geography at Bentley University and Kong Tianping, Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of European Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.


Political    and    economic    reforms    in    the Western  Balkans have stalled recently.  The reasons  include  diminishing  interest  among political   elites   in   the   region,   expansion fatigue  in  the  EU  and  its Member  States, severe economic effects of recent crises, and the  growing  role  of  geopolitics. Actions  are needed to reinvigorate democratisation and EU  integration in  the  region.  These  include strategic cooperation with the EU and China, alongside improving investment   climates and  policies. EU-guided  reforms  should  be harmonized and parallel across the Western Balkans.

Read the TEPSA brief