Dicsussion paper: Strengthening the rule of law in the Western Balkans: old tools, new rules

The starting point for this report was that either the European Union or the countries of the Western Balkans have launched a set of instruments that have not been applied in all countries and whose improvement and implementation throughout the region could have a positive effect on the rule of law. We have considered four instruments: the Priebe Report (North Macedonia), the Rule of Law Council (Montenegro), the vetting process (Albania) and the so-called non-papers (Serbia and Montenegro).

In addition to presenting key experiences, what was good about their application and what was not, this report presents key dilemmas and offers possible directions for their improvement.

All findings and opinions in this report came from four focus groups that aimed to capture the experiences of stakeholders and direct actors in the European integration process. Focus groups were organized during 2020 in Skopje, Podgorica, Tirana and Belgrade with the civil society representatives dealing with areas that affect the rule of law.

This report was supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Serbia and Montenegro within the project “Strengthening the Rule of Law in the Western Balkans: Old Tools for New Rules” implemented by Politikon Network in cooperation with Centre for Contemporary Politics. All views expressed in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Serbia and Montenegro.

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