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25 June 2014
Brussels – ESI on the future of enlargement
Young Government Officials from the Western Balkans. Photo: European Fund for the Balkans
Young Government Officials from the Western Balkans. Photo: European Fund for the Balkans

ESI Senior Analyst Alexandra Stiglmayer briefed 20 young government officials from the Western Balkans on the need to re-energise and reinforce the enlargement process over the coming period. The government officials are fellows of the European Fund for the Balkans and just completed three-month fellowships in EU ministries and state institutions. Alexandra spoke to them during their final seminar in Brussels.

She remarked that the next Enlargement Commissioner, who is due to take office in November 2014, will face a tough challenge: support for enlargement is low following the EU's economic crisis and the gains that EU-sceptical, non-traditional parties made in in the recent European Parliament elections in several EU member states (UK, France, Denmark and Greece). At the same time, the new Enlargement Commissioner will not be able to welcome any new country into the EU since none of the three countries currently negotiating accession (Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey) is likely to join the EU during the term of the next Commission (2014-2019).

It is therefore important that the European Commission strengthens the process. Alexandra said that this requires the following:

Monitoring of progress should be done in the same way for the seven countries so that it becomes visible where each of them stands in the process and in comparison with the others.

Alexandra said that this would have several positive benefits:

Further reading: Enlargement reloaded – ESI proposal for a new generation of progress reports (January 2014)

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