REFOCUSING THE EUROPEAN UNION ATTENTION ON THE WESTERN BALKANS: THE IMPACT OF THE BERLIN PROCESS

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Elton Tota

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The expectations of the Western Balkans (WB) on the EU membership perspective could have been ‘undermined’ with the halt in the EU enlargement process as declared by the former European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in 2014. In the meantime, even though the WB countries were part of the EU’s regional approach through the mechanism of Stabilization and Association Process (SAP) working on the implementation of the Acquis Communautaire, the slowing down of the integration process could have economic and political consequences and threaten the regional stability. This paper shows how the Berlin Process (2014) was the proper intergovernmental initiative taken by some EU Member States to keep alive the EU integration perspective of the WB, thus refocusing the EU attention on the challenges the WB was facing on the way towards EU integration.  


 

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Tota , E. . (2020). REFOCUSING THE EUROPEAN UNION ATTENTION ON THE WESTERN BALKANS: THE IMPACT OF THE BERLIN PROCESS. Journal of Liberty and International Affairs, 6(2), 155-156. https://doi.org/10.47305/JLIA2020155t
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Elton Tota , Kosovo Legal Services Company – Pristina, Kosovo

Dr. Elton Tota is a senior legal adviser at the Kosovo Legal Services Company (KLSC) in Pristina, Kosovo. He is an experienced lawyer who has worked for different public and privateinstitutions. He has also been committed to projects relatedto the rule of law sector with organizations such as: National Democratic Institute (NDI), GIZ International, B&S Europe, etc.  He earned his PhD in Law from the Chemnitz University of Technology in Germany and also holds an LL.M Degree in EU and International Law from the University of Bremen. For several years he has lectured in BA and MA levels the modules of EU Law, Judicial Protection in the EU, and EU Competition Law and Policy at the Faculty of European Integrated Studies and Faculty of Law at the ISPE College in Pristina.   

 

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