Published at: 8 Feb 2021
The new Balkans Group policy report “Regional Cooperation in the Western Balkans”
presents a comparative analysis of the Regional Economic Area, the
so-called “mini-Schengen” and the Common Regional Market.
Many regional initiatives have been built
up in the Western Balkans over the past years, and they continue to pop up
every few years. However, their structures remain weak, vulnerable to political
shocks and occasional breakdowns, and they bring very limited change to
regional cooperation and benefits for the citizens of all countries. Among the
many regional initiatives, the most debated have been:
The Western Balkans will have to work on
many fronts, including resolving bilateral issues and improving relationships
with one another, as the main prerequisite for progress on regional
cooperation. In addition, implementation capacities will need to be improved
and regional cooperation will need to be higher on the policy agenda for the
governments of Western Balkans countries.