The countries of the Western Balkans need a clear road-map for accession to the EU

The countries of the Western Balkans need a clear roadmap for accession to the EU

In a high-level event organised by the EESC on 31 January 2018, representatives of civil society organisations, think tanks, EU institutions and academia agreed that the economic convergence of the Western Balkans would be a long-term process and outlined high levels of unemployment, low productivity, the skills gap and weak competitiveness as some of the problems the countries of the region were facing.

SOLIDAR was represented by its member Initiative for Development and Cooperation (IDC) from Serbia who gave an insight into the social conditions in the Western Balkans and put forward recommendations on how to improve the situation.The EESC will be holding a civil society Conference on EU-Western Balkans relations in Sofia on 15 May 2018, under the title "Economic and social cohesion in the Western Balkans – a civil society point of view" to advance discussions.

Together with our members, SOLIDAR has published specialised country reports on the Western Balkans which can be found here

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