TRACE: A closer look at corruption risk in the western Balkans

Robert Clark of Trace February 10, 2020

Corruption is a serious problem throughout emerging Europe, but there are questions about whether the focus on perceptions of corruption is the best way to evaluate the effectiveness of a country’s anti-corruption efforts.

European Commission proposes new negotiation rules for EU accession countries

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje February 5, 2020

Proposed new enlargement methodology has a stronger focus on fundamental reforms, as Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi says enlargement to the Western Balkans is a “top priority”.

Western Balkans countries sink on latest Corruption Perceptions Index

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje January 23, 2020

Poor performance on latest index from Transparency International comes after years of warnings of the risks of democratic backsliding in the region should states fail to progress towards EU accession.

Western Balkans has potential for up to €20bn wind energy investment says new report

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia January 16, 2020

Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) study reveals huge untapped renewable energy potential in the region, which currently relies heavily on coal power.

EU must deliver on enlargement promises says European Commission president

bne IntelliNews January 12, 2020

EU officials to start working on changes to the enlargement methodology soon in attempt to persuade French President Emmanuel Macron to approve start of negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia.