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EU-Western Balkans Summit

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Friends of Europe is transforming its single summit on the Balkans to a comprehensive journey over time. Our Balkans Journey aims to reframe a narrative from stagnant debates on enlargement to one focused on the assets and opportunities within the Balkans through political imagination and forward-looking solutions.

Shifting from politically motivated objectives to people- and community-centred priorities brings a fresh policy perspective to overwrought discussions on how to strengthen and develop the Balkan region and close the gap to the European Union. To this aim, we will amplify the voices of women, youth and alternative leadership in structural development such as digital transition, green transformation, increased regional cooperation and the strengthening of democracy and rule of law.

This year’s EU-Western Balkans Summit aims to engage with these overlapping and interlinking themes, promote new and progressive voices, and foster pathways to regional cooperation, resilience and inclusion, informing a series of recommendations for a better future for the Balkans and seamless cooperation with the EU.

The Summit is the highlight of our Balkans Journey, a series of events and articles discussing crucial developments and creative solutions for the Western Balkans with key stakeholders in the run-up to this annual Balkans Summit.

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