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The Western Balkans’ bumpy quest for EU integration: 2016 Comparative overview

The Western Balkans’ bumpy quest for EU integration: 2016 Comparative overview

Background

In 2016 the TEN network provided a structured, comprehensive and objective analysis of the European Commission (EC) country reports for the first time for all the Western Balkan (WB) countries. This analysis enabled the comparison of the grading system and EC assessment of all the accession criteria/chapters of the country reports. At the same time, this independent overview contributed to public awareness of where each WB country stands in the process of EU integration.

The Western Balkans’ bumpy quest for EU integration

This year’s analysis dedicates a special focus to the recommendations provided by the EC in the 2015 and 2016 country reports, assessing the degree to which they were considered and implemented by each country. Moreover, the analysis provides a comparison between the 2015 and 2016 EC reports, noting the differences and similarities. The goal in this respect is to establish a base assessment of trends and common issues and to identify the degree to which change has been achieved over time.

With this analysis we aim to provide recommendations to the EU, for improving the monitoring mechanisms. Moreover, the country analyses, produced by each project partner provide recommendations to the national Governments, regarding the short and long term implementation of the EC recommendations.

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