Western Balkan countries in the context of the EU enlargement strategy

A research-to-action project, focusing on strengthening Western Balkan countries’ economic and social integration with the EU.

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.  

This stream of work was funded by the Open Society Foundations – Western Balkans.




Bruegel team