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The Western Balkans’ bumpy quest for EU integration: 2016 Comparative overview

The Western Balkans’ bumpy quest for EU integration: 2016 Comparative overview

Background

In 2016 the TEN network provided a structured, comprehensive and objective analysis of the European Commission (EC) country reports for the first time for all the Western Balkan (WB) countries. This analysis enabled the comparison of the grading system and EC assessment of all the accession criteria/chapters of the country reports. At the same time, this independent overview contributed to public awareness of where each WB country stands in the process of EU integration.

The Western Balkans’ bumpy quest for EU integration

This year’s analysis dedicates a special focus to the recommendations provided by the EC in the 2015 and 2016 country reports, assessing the degree to which they were considered and implemented by each country. Moreover, the analysis provides a comparison between the 2015 and 2016 EC reports, noting the differences and similarities. The goal in this respect is to establish a base assessment of trends and common issues and to identify the degree to which change has been achieved over time.

With this analysis we aim to provide recommendations to the EU, for improving the monitoring mechanisms. Moreover, the country analyses, produced by each project partner provide recommendations to the national Governments, regarding the short and long term implementation of the EC recommendations.

The structure of this paper is as follows:

  • ► Summary and analysis of the statements of international and regional stakeholders;
  • ► Analysis of the recommendations and assessments given in the country reports, following the Copenhagen criteria structure: Political criteria; Economic criteria; Ability to assume the obligations of the acquis;
  • ► Recommendations.

Anaylsis:  The Western Balkans’ bumpy quest for EU integration - Regional analysis [2016 comparative overview]

Key area performances infographic:

The comparative analysis is based on the seperate country analyses. You can find them on the links below.

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The BENCHER project is implemented by the TEN - Think for Europe Network, and is financed by the European Fund for the Balkans and co-financed by the Think Tank Fund.

  • The Western Balkans’ bumpy quest for EU integration - Regional analysis [BENCHER] [.pdf 524KB]
  • 2016 Macedonia country analysis: From a free fall to a new take-off?_BENCHER [.pdf 445KB]
  • 2016 Albania country analysis: Still a "work in progress" case_BENCHER [.pdf 374KB]
  • 2016 Bosnia and Herzegovina country analysis: One step forward, two steps back_BENCHER [.pdf 341KB]
  • 2016 Kosovo country analysis: Limited progress - reiterated recommendations_BENCHER [.pdf 476KB]
  • 2016 Montenegro country analysis: The case of Montenegro_BENCHER [.pdf 400KB]
  • 2016 Serbia country analysis: The 2016 Serbia country report - No surprises?_BENCHER [.pdf 343KB]