Bruegel’s Western Balkans programme covers two strategic aspects contributing to the goal of more economic integration with the European Union. 1) Early participation of Western Balkan countries in the European Semester, and 2) Comparison of two association agreements the EU has with the candidate countries - ‘Stabilisation and association agreements’ (SAAs) with Western Balkans and “comprehensive free trade agreements” (DCFTAs) with Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova.
The central objective of the research project is to identify ‘best-practices’ and concrete solutions that could enhance Western Balkans integration with the EU.
Integrating the Western Balkan countries into the European Union’s European Semester process is both feasible and desirable.
At this event we focused on the EU's proposed growth plan for the Western Balkans