12 December 2019
Berlin – ESI at the Aspen Western Balkans Working Group
Photo: Aspen Institute
Photo: Aspen Institute

ESI's Gerald Knaus was invited to participate in the Western Balkans Working Group organised by the Aspen Institute. The conference brought together high-level government representatives from the Western Balkans Six, German government representatives, Members of the German Bundestag, select experts, and representatives of EU member states.

Gerald made the case for a two stage accession process towards full membership, and for a reformed and merit-based first stage leading to single market accession, launched with all WB6 in 2020. He also explained why this would be excellent not only for the region, and politically attractive for governments in France and in the Netherlands, and good for the EU as a whole.

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