• 27 November 2013

    Policy Program | "A Future Security Architecture for Southeast Europe"

    Concluding the Southeast Europe Policy Program “A Future Security Architecture for Southeast Europe”, high-ranking officials of the Western Balkan countries met on November 27, 2013 to identify common results and policy recommendations. These were presented to the public by these officials and further discussed by Dr. Gerhard Schumann-Hitzler, Director in the Directorate-General for Enlargement of the European Commission, and Christoph Retzlaff, Head of Division for EU Enlargement, at the Federal Foreign Office, with regard to the question “EU Enlargement – Between Conditionality, Progress, and Enlargement Fatigue?” Mr. Retzlaff confirmed growing mistrust in EU institutions and general enlargement fatigue in EU member states. Nonetheless, he still considered enlargement the most effective foreign policy tool of the EU. Dr. Schumann-Hitzler stressed that the conditions for accession would need to become stricter to avoid former mistakes, but also that the EU would have to offer a helping hand to the Western Balkans to adapt to those conditions in time. Both identified three main problem areas: rule of law, especially regarding corruption and organized crime, the strengthening of economic competitiveness, and the establishment of good neighborly relations. For further information as well as an overview over the results and policy recommendations, please see the final publication

    „A Future Security Architecture for Southeast Europe“