Brief and Analyses

The Western Balkans in the European Political Community: another waiting room?

A cura di: 

Jarne van der Poel  and Mathieu Neelen

10 February 2023

On the 9th of May 2022, French President Macron spoke in front of the EU Parliament to pitch a new “European Political Community” aimed at strengthening Europe’s security, stability and prosperity and fostering political dialogue and cooperation to address shared issues.

The initiative should allow the EU to engage more closely with the countries on the Union’s waiting list - such as the Western Balkans – but actually it remains unclear what the EPC actually has to offer.