This new research project will run from December 2013 to February 2015.
The project aims to bridge the widening gap in debates and political choices between Brussels and national capitals on EU enlargement, by investigating the ways in which EU member states, their governments, parliaments, and political constituencies respond to, and try to influence, EU enlargement policy towards the Balkans.
The project includes case studies to be conducted by national experts in 19 different member states. The researchers will undertake field work, including interviews with decision-makers, professionals and other relevant stakeholders in their respective case study, and will provide an analytical chapter on their country of expertise.
The final results of the project will be included in a comprehensive and multi-authored EPC publication, which will be officially launched at the beginning of 2015. Dissemination activities in member states and the Balkan region, and shorter EPC publications are also planned in the context of the project.
Two brainstorming meetings are envisioned for this project in Brussels. The first already took place in mid-March 2014, while the second is scheduled for this autumn.
The EU member states and enlargement towards the Balkans project is kindly supported by the King Baudouin Foundation, the Open Society Foundations and the Open Society European Policy Institute.
This EPC project is led by Rosa Balfour, Head of the Europe in the World Programme, and is coordinated by Corina Stratulat, Senior Policy Analyst, and Andrea Frontini, Junior Policy Analyst. An ad hoc Steering Committee will assist the EPC team.