This number is particularly dedicated to one of the most important and discussed issues of the last years in the European Union: the theme of the enlargement. In particular, in this issue we will go in depth about the strategy concerning  the process of enlargement to the Western Balkans, in the different policy ambits. This […]


Strategy for the Western Balkans: Why is Economy Heavily Omitted?

The enlargement process of the so–called “Western Balkans club”, several countries that remained yet to become the full Member States of the European Union, has lasted for more than two decades. The first big step was the Thessaloniki summit, where the “European future” for the Balkan States was clearly promised. From that very moment, not […]


The Key Role of the Western Balkans in the Energy Union

The Western Balkans have been historically the zone between West and East. On one side lies the European Union, while on the other Russia is influencing the region. The kind of rivalry that was noticed for years in the Balkans region, might be presented today as one of the most critical issues for both these […]

External Relations

Where are We Going? The Future of Europe from Its External Action Perspective

“We will act together, at different paces and intensity where necessary, while moving in the same direction, as we have done in the past, in line with the Treaties and keeping the door open to those who want to join later. Our Union is undivided and indivisible.”  — Rome Declaration   Who are we? In addition, […]

Employment and Social Affairs

EU Enlargement to the Balkans: a Merit–Based Process

A merit–based process: the EU-Western Balkans enlargement strategy, published in February 2018, confirms this concrete and realistic approach that relies first and foremost on the hand of the countries themselves. The eve of the publication was characterized by the risk of having an “asymmetrical” approach, with Serbia and Montenegro to lead the process obtaining a […]

EU funding opportunities

Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme 2014-2020

New calls for proposals published On January 30th new calls for proposals have been published: Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme 2014-2020. This programme contributes to the further development in equality and rights of persons, as enshrined in the European Treaty, in the Charter and in international human rights conventions. Its nine specific objectives are aimed at: […]


Children must be top of global migration agenda, UN experts say

The United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner (OHCHR) announced on 17 November 2017 two Joint General Comments providing authoritative and extensive guidance in the protection the rights of child migrants. The UN Comments are based on consultations with UN agencies, states, civil society organisations and national human rights institutions from across the globe. The Joint […]

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