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Among the Western Balkan countries aspiring to EU membership, Serbia is seen as a frontrunner in terms of its democratic institutions, level of economic development and overall readiness for accession. However, in November 2018 opposition politician, Borko Stefanović, was beaten up by thugs, triggering a wave of protests that has spread across the country. Week after week, thousands have taken to the streets, accusing Serbian president, Aleksandar Vučić, and his Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) of ...

Kosovo: 2018 country report

In sintesi 27-11-2018

In November 2018, the European Parliament is due to debate a resolution on the European Commission’s 2018 country report on Kosovo. The latest progress report notes that Kosovo has had limited success in bringing forward EU-related reforms. It calls on government and opposition to work together in order to implement them.

Albania: 2018 country report

In sintesi 27-11-2018

In November 2018, the European Parliament is due to debate a resolution on the European Commission’s 2018 enlargement report on Albania. The latest report notes that Albania has made progress on its five key priorities; however, corruption and political instability remain pervasive, meaning the country cannot move beyond the early stages of accession preparation.

Quattro anni dopo la firma dell'accordo di associazione (AA) UE-Georgia nel 2014 e due anni dopo la sua entrata in vigore, il Parlamento europeo sta valutando il livello di attuazione dell'accordo di associazione e dell'accordo di libero scambio globale e approfondito (DCFTA). La commissione per gli affari esteri (AFET) del Parlamento ha dato una valutazione positiva, ma ha anche incoraggiato la Georgia ad affrontare alcune carenze in settori quali le norme sul lavoro, la protezione dell'ambiente ...

In recent years the EU concluded Association Agreements, including the creation of a Comprehensive Free Trade Areas with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. These are amongst the most complex and comprehensive legal treaties concluded by the EU with third countries. The treaties place a profound obligation on the partner countries of legal approximation, that is, to undertake extensive, binding commitments to adopt vast swathes of the acquis in order to stimulate political and economic development and ...

The Monthly Highlights publication provides an overview, at a glance, of the on-going work of the policy departments, including a selection of the latest and forthcoming publications, and a list of future events.

The victory over the so-called Islamic State’s territorial rule presents a chance for the Government of Iraq to rebuild its state institutions and re-assert its authority. In this transition, will the Iraqi leadership move past cycles of failure and address the structural problems that perpetuate state weakness and facilitate the emergence of groups like ISIS? To answer this question, this paper analyses the challenges of short-term stabilisation programming with longer-term governance reform at ...

Serbia: relazione per paese 2016

In sintesi 07-06-2017

Nel giugno 2017, il Parlamento europeo voterà su una proposta di risoluzione concernente la relazione per paese 2016 relativa alla Serbia. In essa si riconoscono i progressi compiuti dalla Serbia con i negoziati di adesione all'UE e la sua rigorosa agenda per le riforme, inoltre sottolinea che il dialogo con Pristina e le riforme sullo "Stato di diritto" restano settori d'intervento prioritari.

Kosovo: 2016 country report

In sintesi 07-06-2017

In June, following the early election in Kosovo, the European Parliament is due to vote on a resolution on Kosovo's 2016 report. It calls for restoring the political dialogue, swift fulfilment of the Commission's two conditions for visa liberalisation and continued commitment to the dialogue with Belgrade.

FYR Macedonia: 2016 report

In sintesi 30-03-2017

In April 2017, the European Parliament is due to debate a resolution on the European Commission's 2016 enlargement report on the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The report acknowledges that during a politically turbulent 2016, the country failed to progress in key EU-related reform areas and even backtracked in some. Following the December 2016 elections, political uncertainty remains and the EU is urging prompt formation of a new government, a process currently blocked.