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