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A credible enlargement perspective for and enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans

We welcome the rhetorical shift of the new EU Strategy for the Western Balkans (6 February 2018) away from conditionality towards that of engagement. At the core of its mechanism, the IISG fully acknowledges the extensive and concrete engagement of WB authorities during the last decade and a half in cooperation with the EU and the international community in making the region as well as Europe safer from serious crime, violent extremism, and terrorism. It is encouraging to see the rule of law as the first “sine qua non” for Western Balkan Countries to meet on their way to the membership of the EU.

You can download the full strategy by the European Commission here.