The goals of the Process were outlined in the Final Declaration by the German Chair: “To make additional real progress in the reform process, in resolving outstanding bilateral and internal issues, and in achieving reconciliation within and between the societies in the region”, as well as to enhance “regional economic cooperation and lay the foundations for sustainable growth”.
The Process is taking place with support of the European Commission, international financial institutions and the Member States involved in the Process – Austria, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Slovenia and the United Kingdom. It is supplementary to the individual countries’ institutional EU integration process, based on the adoption of the acquis communautaire.
The Process’s connectivity agenda refers to linking the people (social dimension), economies (economic dimension) and states (political dimension) of the region. Within this agenda, the Process has thus far yielded initiatives and projects in the fields of transport and infrastructure, economic connectivity, youth cooperation and cooperation among businesses and among the civil societies of the Western Balkans. It also inspired intergovernmental cooperation through entities set up during its course: the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO), the Western Balkans Chambers Investment Forum (WBCIF) and the Western Balkans Fund (WBF).
Alongside the meetings of the highest governmental officials (Western Balkan Summit Series), the Berlin Process encompasses the meetings of the representatives of regional civil society organisations (Civil Society Forum of the Western Balkan Summit Series), youth organisations (Youth Forum) and business associations (Business Forum).
Western Balkan Summits
Yearly gatherings of Prime Ministers and other high dignitaries of the Western Balkans’ countries with their counterparts from the European Union and the Member States participating in the Process.
Civil Society Forum
A platform through which the Western Balkans civil society provides input in the Berlin Process, by elaboration of regionally relevant issues and policies, and by monitoring of progress in realisation of the Process goals and initiatives. The yearly and interim meetings and workshops, and an on-line consultation interface, provide opportunities for vast consultative processes and for expert-guided formulation of policy recommendations to decision-makers in the region.
A forum bringing together the representatives of businesses and their associations from across the Western Balkans with distinguished economists and decision-makers from the region, the EU and the Member States. The Forum serves as a platform for consideration of regional challenges and opportunities and for launching joint initiatives.s
A platform for exchange and dialogue, where young people, youth organisations, academia and decision-makers from the Western Balkans and the EU Member States discuss common challenges and work towards finding joint solutions.