Trajectories of differentiated EU integration for the Western Balkans

Milenković, Marko (2022) Trajectories of differentiated EU integration for the Western Balkans. In: The Routledge Handbook of Differentiation in the European Union. Routledge, London, pp. 551-564. ISBN 9780429054136

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The Western Balkans have come a long way in terms of transformation since the first prospects of EU membership were offered in the early 2000s. A decade of successive crises in the European Union has sidelined the enlargement process, and influence of enlargement fatigue on the legal and political reforms and the uncertainty about membership are now more than apparent. In addition, the lack of enthusiasm for reforms Western Balkans endangers further harmonisation and integration into the Union. It is therefore necessary to examine the prospective place of the region in the differentially integrated European Union of the future. In the chapter, this is done by exploring the legal and political alternatives within the differentiated integration approach already used widely in and by the Union, but until recently underexplored politically and academically as an option for the Western Balkans. The chapter examines the existing comprehensive modes of association of the Balkans with the EU, as well as the future possibilities of applying the approach for the wider integration of the region that would still allow the EU transformative power and strong presence in the Balkans to remain.

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Institutional centre: Centre for legal research
Depositing User: Vesna Jovanović
Date Deposited: 31 May 2022 21:17
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