Article in Danas daily: Why is civil society part of the Berlin Process and how to best use this?

Link to the article There are three reasons why the civil society of the Western Balkans is included in the Berlin Process – first, the reforms required for the infrastructure and other sizeable projects of regional cooperation require social consensus, to enable political continuity after power shifts; the consensus is hard to achieve without inclusion…

Hello Europe, anyone home?

Piero Fassino After the tragedy that devastated the territories of the Yugoslav federation, the European Union has committed itself to promoting stability and an integration process for Balkan countries. This led to Slovenia’s and Croatia’s accession to the EU and to association agreements with the other candidate countries, but no definite schedule for membership has…

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…

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;…