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Regional Cooperation in the Western Balkans

Options for the Interplay of Neighborly Relations and EU Accession up to 2025

Under the European Commission’s 2018 Western Balkan strategy, candidate countries from the region must resolve bilateral disputes before joining the EU. As it wants to avoid importing conflicts, the EU puts the onus to ensure good neighborly relations onto the region itself. International researchers from this year’s TRAIN program developed scenarios for the region. They range from increasing regional cooperation to the possible fallout from failed conflict resolution or an EU fatigue toward the region.


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Oct 09 - 12, 2018

TRAIN 2018: Discussing Scenarios and Strategic Options for EU Engagement in the Western Balkans

From the 9th to the 12th of October, the third and final seminar of this year’s TRAIN Programme cycle took place in Brussels, once again bringing together think tank experts from the Western Balkans and across the EU to discuss the prospects for regional cooperation and European integration. Following their kick-off seminar in Berlin in April and a follow-up session in Belgrade in June, the researchers have developed concrete scenarios for 2025 and, on that basis, formulated policy recommendations for EU engagement.

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