The People to People (P2P) component of the EU TACSO 3 project supports initiatives by civil society organisations across the Western Balkans and Turkey to organise events that, as its name suggests, bring people together. The aim of the P2P component is to enable CSOs to take a more active role in democratic processes and support an enabling environment for civil society development. P2P events are opportunities for CSOs to expand their knowledge about the EU and the accession process through visits to the European institutions, meetings with EU based CSOs and the opportunity to network internationally and regionally in the areas and themes they work on.
Workshop on EU Accession for Montenegro and Albania
In February, Civic Alliance, a CSO from Montenegro, in partnership with the School for Political Studies in Albania, organised a two-day workshop in Tirana on the theme of EU integration. More than 40 people from both countries took part, including representatives from civil society organisations, young politicians, MPs, representatives of political parties, journalists, representatives of state and international organisations, trade unions and religious communities attended and made vibrant contributions to the debate. The workshop succeeded in increasing the level of understanding of the accession process, shared experience between Montenegro and Albania, and generated enthusiasm for continuing accession efforts. Read more here.
Study Visit to the European Commission in Brussels
In early April, the ‘Think for Europe Network’ (TEN), in partnership with the European Policy Institute in Skopje, organised a study visit to Brussels for leading independent think tanks across the Western Balkans.
In Spring 2022, the geopolitics of accession is looking rather different to the way it looked only three years earlier when a revised enlargement process was launched. Conflict, pandemic and creeping authoritarianism have re-shaped the way Europe sees itself. However, it is perhaps too early to have clarity on the impact that these profound changes will have on the prospects for enlargement. The TEN Network study visit is bringing the Western Balkan researchers to Brussels to discuss with representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament and Brussels-based think tanks to explore the likely scenarios for the coming years. They aim further to develop ideas for reinvigorating the accession process. Read more here.