With the new strategy for the Western Balkans of the European Commission the countries from the region were given a fresh perspective for joining the Union. The 2025 horizon is a new chance for the region the complete all the necessary reforms at home. The EU needs to start debating and communicating this new opportunity not only to policymakers, but also to the societies in the region. The public should play the role of a motivating factor for the governments during the next 5-7 years and demand reforms. That is why one of the main tasks of the EU should be to start a vivid dialogue with the societies in the Western Balkans: media, analysts, NGO activists and opinion makers, and to rely on their participation in the process.
First part of the event