At this event at SIDA's headquarters in Stockholm, ESI's Gerald Knaus shared his views on what lays ahead for the countries of East and South-East Europe. Is there a way to end stagnation and internal conflicts? Could any of them qualify for EU membership by 2020?
He suggested to:
- structure assistance 2014-2020 to create a regional race in different chapters, where being ahead translates into more support;
- strengthen the ability of the Council of Europe to set democracy standards in the Eastern neighbourhood;
- focus all effort to help Moldova become the first Eastern Partner to become a potential EU accession candidate to electrify the region;
- make the most of the Croatian experience.