Enhancing Regional Cooperation: Monitoring of the Implementation of the Vienna Western Balkans Summit Commitments

Donor:
The European Fund for the Balkans

Partners:
Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis”, Skopje, Macedonia
Foundation “New Policies”, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Period:
January – December 2016

Project description and goals:

The project serves to provide a contribution to the regional policy creation in the context of the Berlin Process, which gathers representative of several EU member states and governments of the Western Balkan countries. Within the auspices of the Berlin Process two summits took place: in Berlin (2014) and Vienna (2015). Next summit is scheduled for Paris for July 2016.

Partner organisations will examine whether and/or to what extent the governments participating in the Berlin Process have managed to put in life the commitments they agreed upon in two declarations adopted at the 2015 Vienna Western Balkans Summit, i.e. the Joint Declaration on the Establishment of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office of the Western Balkans and the Declaration on the Regional Cooperation and the Solution of Bilateral Disputes. The special emphasis will be given to the assessment of the implementation of the commitments in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Serbia. Furthermore, the project will explore the role of the civil society organizations in the Berlin Process.

The outcomes of this project will be:

1) Regional Study on the implementation of the commitments from the two declarations adopted at the 2015 Vienna Western Balkans Summit 2015 (Joint Declaration on the Establishment of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office of the Western Balkans and the Declaration on the Regional Cooperation and the Solution of Bilateral Disputes) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Serbia. This Study was presented at the regional meeting in June 2016.

Download the Regional Study here:
Vienna Summit (Berlin Process) Commitments Implementation Study

2) Regional Policy Brief on Implementation of the Commitments from the Berlin Process in the field of regional cooperation and youth. This Policy Brief will be presented in December 2016.