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How to Upgrade Poland’s Approach to the Western Balkans? Ideas for the Polish Presidency of the V4
How to Upgrade Poland’s Approach to the Western Balkans? Ideas for the Polish Presidency of the V4

Author(s): Tomasz Żornaczuk
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Polski Instytut Spraw Międzynarodowych

Summary/Abstract: Ever since the European Union expressed its commitment and support to the Western Balkans states’ ambitions to join the Community, the region has for years constituted the central scene for EU enlargement and Common Foreign and Security Policy. Yet, some of the Balkan countries also wish to be included in NATO. Processes linked to accession to both organisations have shown that each country differs in its development and willingness to reform and that there are political difficulties regardless of these countries’ attitudes towards the EU or NATO. These factors make the Balkan agenda exceptionally complex and the relationship between the states and the EU and NATO filled with a range of ups and downs. At a time when EU and individual Member States are engaged in the region, Poland’s policy towards the Western Balkans seems fragmented and therefore has brought mixed results. Since security and democratisation of the EU’s direct neighbourhood remain Poland’s key priorities, it seems essential to undertake initiatives that would contribute to an upgrade of Polish policy towards the Balkans. At the time of dynamic developments in the Balkans a window of opportunity has opened with Poland’s presidency of the Visegrad Group (V4). Yet, it will only be beneficial if Poland builds up an approach to the Western Balkans that goes beyond the term of its presidency.

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 23
  • Page Range: 1-5
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: English