WB2EU“ Network has published the final publication titled „Vision Western Balkans 2030 – Europeanisation meets democracy“, which contains selected op-eds and policy briefs published within the WB2EU Network and the Network’s Next Generation Summer School participants. The articles in the publication focus on all challenges of the WB related to the EU integration process, such as rule of law, social questions, and democratic developments in the Western Balkans.
Coordinators of the WB2EU project, Paul Schmidt and Vedran Džihić, stated in the introduction of the final publication that enlargement is not only driven by foreign and security policy concerns but also entails a strong economic, financial, and social dimension.
They assessed that, besides internal EU dilemmas and necessary reforms, one important task for the EU is to intensify and widen its networks and partnerships in the candidate countries.
The final publication is published in the framework of the WB2EU project. The project aims at the establishment of a network of renowned think-tanks, do-tanks, universities, higher education institutes and policy centres from the Western Balkans, neighbouring countries and EU member states that will be most decisive for the enlargement process and Europeanisation of the region in the upcoming years. The WB2EU project is co-funded by the European Commission under its Erasmus+ Jean Monnet programme.