Neighbourhood policy

12 May: AT A GLANCE : Turkey: 2019 and 2020 country reports

(Source: EU Parliament)

Turkey’s relations with the European Communities/Union date back to 1959, with milestones including the Ankara Association Agreement (1963) and Customs Union (1995). Turkey is a key strategic partner of the EU on issues such as migration, security, counter-terrorism and trade. However, following democratic backsliding, in June 2018 the Council of the EU decided to freeze accession negotiations. During its May 2021 plenary session, the European Parliament is due to debate a resolution on the Commission’s latest country reports on Turkey.

Full Report…

12 May: AT A GLANCE : Turkey: 2019 and 2020 country reports

(Source: EU Parliament)

Turkey’s relations with the European Communities/Union date back to 1959, with milestones including the Ankara Association Agreement (1963) and Customs Union (1995). Turkey is a key strategic partner of the EU on issues such as migration, security, counter-terrorism and trade. However, following democratic backsliding, in June 2018 the Council of the EU decided to freeze accession negotiations. During its May 2021 plenary session, the European Parliament is due to debate a resolution on the Commission’s latest country reports on Turkey.

Full Report…

12 May: AT A GLANCE : Montenegro: 2019 and 2020 country reports

(Source: EU Parliament)

In 2008, Montenegro applied for EU membership, and accession negotiations began in 2012. Montenegro has opened all 33 negotiation chapters, three of which have been provisionally closed. Public opinion surveys show that 75 % of the population support the country’s accession to the European Union. A new government led by Zdravko Krivokapić took office in Montenegro on 4 December 2020. During its May 2021 plenary session, the European Parliament is due to debate a resolution on the Commission’s latest country reports on Montenegro.

Full Report …

12 May: AT A GLANCE : Montenegro: 2019 and 2020 country reports

(Source: EU Parliament)

In 2008, Montenegro applied for EU membership, and accession negotiations began in 2012. Montenegro has opened all 33 negotiation chapters, three of which have been provisionally closed. Public opinion surveys show that 75 % of the population support the country’s accession to the European Union. A new government led by Zdravko Krivokapić took office in Montenegro on 4 December 2020. During its May 2021 plenary session, the European Parliament is due to debate a resolution on the Commission’s latest country reports on Montenegro.

Full Report …

11 May: AT A GLANCE: EU support for vaccination efforts in the Western Balkans

(Source: EU Parliament)

The coronavirus pandemic has accentuated the call for global solidarity and increased the need for health care and social support in the Western Balkans. The EU’s response has included the ‘Team Europe’ facility, but also specific initiatives for the Western Balkans. In addition to the EU co-funded Covax facility, the most recent proposal by the European Commission and Austria, announced in April 2021, confirmed the delivery of some 651 000 vaccines to the region, where the EU is competing with other global actors, such as Russia and China.

Full Report…

11 May: AT A GLANCE: EU support for vaccination efforts in the Western Balkans

(Source: EU Parliament)

The coronavirus pandemic has accentuated the call for global solidarity and increased the need for health care and social support in the Western Balkans. The EU’s response has included the ‘Team Europe’ facility, but also specific initiatives for the Western Balkans. In addition to the EU co-funded Covax facility, the most recent proposal by the European Commission and Austria, announced in April 2021, confirmed the delivery of some 651 000 vaccines to the region, where the EU is competing with other global actors, such as Russia and China.

Full Report…

11 May: EU Enlargement Policy – Western Balkans, the ‘squirrel in a cage’

Editor’s Blog: Produced in collaboration with the EU Buzz team 

In 2003 at the summit in Thessaloniki, the European Council declared that “the future of the Balkans is within the European Union”. This political commitment was a clear promise taken by the European Union and Western Balkans’ heads of state and governments that European Enlargement would include the former Yugoslavian block. 

Seventeen years after the European Union committed itself to an enlarged future which encompassed the Western Balkans, only one country – Croatia, has succeeded in joining the Union. Today, the accession process remains slow and glacial, with the stretched conditionality, new methodology, and the ghosts of …