The rule of law, above all

Vuk Velebit The Civil Society Forum in Trieste, that will be organized next week as a part of the 4th intergovernmental Summit of Western Balkans and EU countries, will bring together many representatives of civil society organizations and activists. As someone who actively participated in this year’s student protest in Belgrade, I was invited to…

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Why the communications of the Berlin Process must be dealt with and how?

Ana Marjanović Rudan Did you ever read about an energy or transport infrastructure connectivity project and actually understand what it was about? When reading an article on youth connectivity, do you automatically see how it helps the integration of the Western Balkans in the European Union?  Do you think that media audiences in the Western…

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A new reality or still just a sacred cow?

Photo: ISAC Fund / European Western Balkans   Nenad Šebek Two years ago, ahead of the first Civil Society Forum of the Berlin Process in Vienna I wrote: “One of the prescribed remedies for the post-communist, post-authoritarian and post-war countries is Civil Society taking up an active role as a part of a checks-and-balances system;…

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Article in Danas daily: Civil Society of the Western Balkans at the Trieste Summit

Link to the article To irreversibly integrate the Western Balkans into the European Union, citizens must feel ownership of the process. The Civil Society Forum of the Berlin Process provides for their participation. The reforms in Western Balkan countries cannot be reduced to simply fulfilling the obligations related to their accession to the European Union.…

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Are the autocrats in the Western Balkans interested in the rule of law?

Jovana Marović The rule of law reform in the Western Balkans is trapped between the lack of interest of the ruling political elites to change the autocratic practices and the inability of the European Union to encourage and support it. Up-to-date success in overcoming key issues, such as lack of accountability, integrity, independence and transparency,…

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