The Western Balkans in Times of the Global Pandemic

Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group, Policy Brief

Image by Anastasia Gepp from Pixabay
Image by Anastasia Gepp from Pixabay

In its emergency response, the EU needs to include all Western Balkans countries in assistance and post-emergency reconstruction plans, irrespective of the status of their accession talks. The full inclusion of the region is essential so as to prevent dire economic consequences and geopolitical drift. Support to overcome post-crisis economic and social effects should be conditioned on measures to reduce state capture.

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