From 21 to 23 September the Balkan Donors Forum took place in Belgrade, Serbia. Hague Institute Distinguished Fellow Nikola Dimitrov presented an internal report in which he argues that the EU is focused on short-term stability in the Western Balkans rather than following through on long-term strategies. The report is referenced in an online article by Judy Dempsey, nonresident senior associate at Carnegie Europe and Editor in Chief of the Strategic Europe blog, in which she discusses the conference and what it brought to light about democracy in the Western Balkans.
“Finishing the job in the Western Balkans has become a side-show at best. With the current reactive mood of Europe, if there is any concern left for the region in Brussels, it is about its short-term stability… as opposed to democratic reforms.”
Nikola Dimitrov, Distinguished Fellow