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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.


Dr. Linn Selle

President of the European Movement Germany

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