How to Foster the Rule of Law in the Western Balkans: 10 Notes to Decision-Makers

Read policy brief ‘How to Foster the Rule of Law in the Western Balkans: 10 Notes to Decision-Makers?’ written by Politikon Network & EU Policy Hub for the SEE Think Net:

How to Foster the Rule of Law in the Western Balkans: 10 Notes to Decision-Makers

This paper is the follow-up of the rule of law policy brief developed by the SEE Think Net Network and titled “Western Balkans and the Rule of Law: How to solve a catch 22?” in 2018. In last year’s policy paper we underlined the unsatisfactory state of rule of law and its position within the Berlin Process framework. Thus, “10 notes to decision-makers in the Western Balkans and the EU” are a summary of the proposals we have developed so far. They imply what this re-affirmed action of the EU and the level of Western Balkan countries’ actions should embrace. Addressing gaps in the rule of law involves action on several levels: improvement of regulations, their unselective application and change of the socio-political culture. This also entails greater EU dedication that would lead to improved conditionality and tools to monitor reforms. While adoption of regulations is the easiest part, the remaining pre-conditions, taking into account the lack of democratic political culture in the region and the existing EU policy of keeping the Western Balkans at a distance, are more demanding and imply commitment and time.

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