The countries of the Western Balkans (WB) are facing enormous social challenges, including poverty and inequality, widespread joblessness, and precarious employment, as well as a poor quality of crucial services. EU integration should not only be about institutional and economic transformation, but also social convergence. To effect social change, further paradigmatic shift is needed in enlargement policy: people need to be placed at the heart of the process. This document provides recommendations on how to achieve such a shift.
On the 15th of January, 2020, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Dialogue Southeast Europe signed a Cooperation Agreement with the European Fund for the Balkans and Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund in Belgrade. The partners stated they were looking forward to continuing and deepening their collaboration on social policy development and raising awareness in that field.
The Social Dimension Initiative, which the organizations pledged to strengthen, will continue to reinforce the importance of discussing the social dimension of EU enlargement policy as well as national policy reforms throughout the region. The partners aim to coordinate their activities and continuously exchange information in order to develop evidence-based policy recommendations.
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