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No room for the environment at the EU-Western Balkans Zagreb Summit

“Zagreb- The Declaration, which came out last week at the conclusion of the EU-Western Balkans Zagreb Summit, failed to recognize the transition towards a just and sustainable future, which can be implemented through the European Green Deal. Furthermore, it ignored the European sustainability agenda, important in the context of European…

CSO Declaration on Zagreb EU – Western Balkans Summit: “With or Without (E)U?” and announcement of a performance during the summit

Over 90 leading civil society organisations from the Western Balkans and EU member states, active in areas of fundamental rights and the rule of law, democratic institutions, civic engagement, environment protection, combating corruption and migrant rights have, during their online shadow summit held on 5 May 2020, adopted a common…

Virtual Shadow EU- Western Balkans Summit

We invite you to participate in the Virtual Shadow EU- Western Balkans Summit, via a moderated Zoom discussion. The Shadow Summit will be held on Tuesday 5 May / 2020 at 12:00 (CET) on the topic of Western Balkans and EU enlargement, protection of fundamental rights and enhancement of their…

EU, disinformation and the Western Balkans

On Thursday, 7 May 2020, Member of the European Parliament (S&D) and President of the EP’s Working Group for Western Balkans, Tonino Picula and Spokesperson and Director-General for Communications of the European Parliament, Jaume Duch Guillot will discus the topic of European Union, disinformation and Western Balkans. Webinar will start…

The Western Balkans in Times of the Global Pandemic

Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG) has published a new policy brief titled: The Western Balkans in Times of the Global Pandemic “The global COVID-19 pandemic and the measures taken by governments around the world constitute a major rupture to the “business as usual”, and this includes the Western…

European (un)solidarity in the time of coronavirus

We asked prof. dr. sc. Goran Bandov, Lawyer and Political Scientist, Associate Professor and Head of International Relations and Sustainable Development University Centre at University of Zagreb, to comment for crosol.hr on the Covid-19 pandemic and how it affects interstate relations within the European Union. This expert in international political…

It’s not the end, it’s just the beginning: With COVID-19, now is the time to boost aid

Press release by CONCORD Europe: Brussels, 17 April 2020 – Early figures released yesterday by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) show an increase of 1,4% in global development aid spending in 2019 compared to 2018. This change in donor countries’ official development assistance (ODA) levels can be attributed…

CROSOL and CONCORD call the EU Foreign Affairs Council for global solidarity

CROSOL has sent a letter to the Croatian Minister of Foreign and European affairs, Gordan Grlić Radman ahead of the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) meeting regarding the EU’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The letters contains a list of recommendations drafted by CONCORD Europe and civil society organizations from…

Policy paper by Forum 2020: The EU as a forgotten peace project? Towards a comprehensive EU peacebuilding policy

As a country presiding over the Council of the EU in 2020, Croatia has a unique opportunity to open the discussion on whether we have forgotten that building and keeping stable, positive and sustainable peace is one of EU’s fundamental roles, and reminding us that “ever closer union” also means…

Statement by Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden

“In this unprecedented situation, it is legitimate that Member States adopt extraordinary measures to protect their citizens and overcome the crisis. We are however deeply concerned about the risk of violations of the principles of rule of law, democracy and fundamental rights arising from the adoption of certain emergency measures. …

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