Tuesday, May 11. 2021. || Politeia Studio
The introduction the third day of „POLITEIA Western Balkans School for Youth Participation“ was given by Nataša Vučković, Executive Director of Center for Democracy Foundation. Topic was „European Union and Western Balkans: predictable future? Other’s actors in Western Balkans – chance or obstacle for EU integration?“ and lecturer was Ivan Vejvoda from Institute for Human Sciences – Austria.
Ivan Vejvoda pointed that projects like Politeia school are very significant for regional cooperation, youth networking and democracy in the Western Balkans. He highlighted that we should all work together to improve the mentioned goals.
At the beginning of the 21st century, the European Union approached the countries of the region with a lot of support and help, announcing that all Western Balkans countries will become members if they fulfill conditions for accession. EU gave a strong support for Western Balkans societies and their future in the EU. However, even today, there are countries that have not opened negotiations on joining the EU, which should be an imperative for them.
Unfortunately, as we can see today, there are numerous crises that have affected the world, and thus the EU, which is why it did not pay enough attention to the Western Balkans. All these challenges caused a slowdown of EU integrations in the WB.
The biggest responsibility is on us, the most has to be done in our countries, especially in the area of rule of law, independence of the judiciary and corruption. It is very important to continue the cooperation with EU, support of the EU in our mutual goal to become member of the EU.
Ivan Vejvoda concluded his lecture by emphasizing the importance of regional cooperation. We are a small region and economically, as individual countries, we are irrelevant. But together, as a region, we are becoming relevant and that is why all regional initiatives are extremely important.
Politeia 2021 Agenda (PDF)
Center for Democracy Foundation