EU-Western Balkans Summit 2020

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EU-Western Balkans Summit 2020

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A new year with challenges, but also opportunities lies ahead of Europe and the Western Balkans. The new methodology on accession and enlargement presented this spring offers improvement to the existing and often criticised process while EU move to open membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia creates new momentum. However, issues such as the economic and social costs of the Covid-19 crisis in both Europe and in the Western Balkans will affect both regions and their relations. The further involvement of regional and local governments, companies, civil society, especially youth and women, will be key to recover from this political, economic, health and trust crisis. Competitiveness and innovation, further digitalisation of the economy, rule of law and reconciliation will require particular attention.

This year’s summit will offer the opportunity to look ahead and to focus on the crucial topics defining the future of the region and the whole continent likewise. We will bring together forward-thinking minds and decision makers from across all sectors to discuss and define smart solutions for further progress and cooperation. The summit will take place shortly before the December European Council.

Our Balkans series has welcomed Presidents, Prime Ministers, and Ministers from the region as well as key representatives from the EU institutions and member states. Furthermore, civil society and business are regularly represented in the discussions.

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