In its 18 May 2009 assessments of progress in roadmap implementation by the five Western Balkan countries, the European Commission used six distinct phrases to describe the achievements in each of the four blocks into which the requirements had been divided. (These four blocks are document security; illegal migration; public order and security; and external relations and fundamental rights.) For the ESI scorecard, ESI allocated a grade and colour to these phrases:
"meets the benchmarks" and "generally meets the benchmarks" = 1 and green
"meets a large majority of the benchmarks" and "meets a majority of benchmarks" = 2 and yellow
"on the right track, but…" and "does not yet fully meet the benchmarks" = 3 and red
We then looked at what the Commission and the EU national experts had written about progress on each individual requirement and also graded it (in a slightly more nuanced way, so the grades are 1, 1-, 2+, 2, 2-, 3+, 3, 3-) and allocated again the colours green, yellow and red. The “grade reports” are short overviews of the results of this exercise, while the "Detailed analyses” show our approach concerning each country in greater detail.
- ESI document: EU Scorecard - Which Balkan countries deserve visa-free travel. Also available in Albanian: Tabela e rezultateve të vendeve që aspirojnë heqjen e vizave Shengen and Turkish: Not Çizelgesi – Schengen Beyaz Listesi Koşulları.
- ESI Visa Grade Report Albania
- ESI Detailed Analysis Albania
- ESI Visa Grade Report Bosnia and Herzegovina
- ESI Detailed Analysis Bosnia and Herzegovina
- ESI Visa Grade Report Macedonia
- ESI Detailed Analysis Macedonia
- ESI Visa Grade Report Montenegro
- ESI Detailed Analysis Montenegro
- ESI Visa Grade Report Serbia
- ESI Detailed Analysis Serbia