Aktuelles > EM Germany Newsletter CW 45/2022 | Follow-up on the Western Balkans Summit in Berlin

Artikel Details:

Europakommunikation

EM Germany Newsletter CW 45/2022 | Follow-up on the Western Balkans Summit in Berlin

Right signals and three mobility agreements are the result of the Western Balkans Summit, which took place last Thursday in the Chancellery as part of the Berlin process. What was missing, however, was a concrete commitment to strengthening democracy on a small scale in the region. 

For many years, we have been working with our sister and member organizations in the Western Balkans and have always reminded the German government of its promise: the Western Balkans belongs to the EU. After all, it too had made this promise in 2003 in the Thessaloniki Agenda.

Important and concrete steps taken at the summit are the signing of the three mobility agreements, which allow visa-free travel in the region and enable mutual recognition of professional and university degrees. They fit into a new dynamic in the process of rapprochement.

To ensure that the Thessaloniki Promise becomes a reality in a timely manner, associations, federations and organizations from society and business should be involved in the accession process in a permanent and structured way. The EU should also strengthen the existing democratic structures in the region. I thus reiterate our EM Germany policy, which calls for the introduction of a democracy bonus in the EU pre-accession funds. This bonus should give preferential support to democratically constituted organizations in the candidate countries in order to strengthen democracy on a small and large scale. 

In the Western Balkans, the EU should not only invest in transport routes and energy networks, but also in the infrastructure of a pluralistic democracy. Only in this way can the vision of a united European integration landscape of liberal democracies succeed.

Yours

Dr. Linn Selle

President of the European Movement Germany

#EBDGrafik of the week

The decisive factor for a candidate’s accession to the European Union is the fulfilment of the Copenhagen criteria. They include a political, economic and legal dimension. From the perspective of EM Germany, the EU and its member states should involve federations and associations with their expertise in a structured way and, in particular, strengthen existing democratic structures such as federations and associations in the candidate countries.. These demands as well as an overview of all states in the EU accession process can be seen in our #EBDGrafik | Download

EM Germany News

President Dr. Linn Selle as guest at the European Conference of the European Movement Switzerland | The current challenges in dealing with Russia and the energy crisis show that a reform of the European decision-making structures is necessary. This demand was reiterated by President Dr. Linn Selle as a guest at the European Conference of the European Movement Switzerland last weekend. On the topic of „War in Ukraine and Europe’s Security,“ Selle discussed with Prof. Martin Selmayr, Head of the European Commission Representation in Austria, Benno Zogg, researcher at the Center for Security Studies at ETH Zurich, and Sebastian Ramspeck, International Correspondent of Swiss Radio and Television (SRF), the assessment of the European response to the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine. | More (in German)

New asylum screening at EU external borders remains contentious issue | The identity screening of asylum seekers at the EU’s external borders has been a contentious issue in European politics for years. A new screening regulation now proposes a uniform verification procedure. At the event „EP Rapporteur in Dialogue“ on 3 November, around 80 representatives from EM Germany’s member organizations, the Bundestag and the federal ministries had the opportunity to discuss the reform proposal with the rapporteur for the screening regulation Birgit Sippel MEP. The dialogue event, organized jointly with the European Parliament’s Liaison Office in Germany, was opened by Uta Neumann, Public Relations Officer at the EP Liaison Office, and moderated by General Secretary Bernd Hüttemann. | More (in German)

Western Balkans Summit in the framework of the Berlin Process | On 3 November, heads of governments from the Western Balkans and the EU participated in the Western Balkans Summit in the framework of the Berlin Process. Mainly economic aspects were discussed. In its EM Germany policy, the EM Germany calls for the inclusion of social forces through the institutional support of the Council of Europe as well as the introduction of a democracy bonus with regard to the perspective of pluralistic democracy in the Western Balkan states. | More (in German)

Raising the key interest rate – ECB resolutely confronts inflation | At the joint de-briefing of EM Germany and the EM Austria on the ECB Governing Council at the end of October, Gabriel Glöckler, Principal Adviser in the ECB’s Directorate General Communication, and Katrin Assenmacher, Head of Division at the ECB for Monetary Policy, explained to the 40 participants how the ECB intends to respond to rising inflation in Europe. The de-briefing was moderated by Ortrun Gauper, honorary financial officer of the EM Austria. | More (in German) 

Addressing European Public Diplomacy with Scientific Expertise | Secretary General Bernd Hüttemann met with Dr. Guntram Wolff, Director and CEO of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) since August 2022, on 26 October. Together they exchanged ideas about a cooperation in the field of European Public Diplomacy and EU coordination within the German government. To coordinate European policy from Berlin, it is important to include a perspective from associations and federations as well. | More (in German)

Upcoming Events

In order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the EM Germany hosts its events as video conferences whenever possible.

10.11.2022 | College of Europe online consultation for applicants and interested students

11.11.2022 | EM Germany Executive Board meeting – first meeting of the new Executive Board at the European House

16.11.2022 | EESC in focus on the Strategic Compass

23.11.2022 | EM Germany De-Briefing AGRIFISH 

More information

Our Presidency Calendar on the Czech EU Council Presidency contains all dates of the semester.

Check out former editions of our newsletter here.

Please sign up here if you’d like to receive the newsletter (in German).

Zur deutschen Version dieses Newsletters