Matteo Bonomi, a researcher at the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute, will speak in Belgrade at the international ‘Berlin Process – What next?’ conference, which will be held on 27 June, organised by the European Movement in Serbia and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.
The Berlin Process was launched in 2014 as a response to the announced time-out in opening the EU to new member countries. It was designed to keep working on some of the enlargement tasks, however, in a specific manner and in a limited number of domains. Thus, the annual WB6 summits (Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Trieste) with the participation of several EU Member States, and with the increasingly visible presence of the Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS), brought new dynamics to the sluggish enlargement process. Regional leaders were encouraged to intensify their cooperation and work on adoption of the acquis and certain EU sectoral policies.
In the year 2018, the innovated EU Enlargement Strategy of 6 February (A Credible Enlargement Perspective for and Enhanced EU Engagement with the Western Balkans) incorporated a bulk of the Berlin Process agenda and other mechanisms that had been developed. Is the Berlin Process still necessary as a supplier of useful incentives to the enlargement process? Has it become the main axis around which regional cooperation agglomerated and merged the efforts of different regional structures? The purpose of the conference is to get answers to these questions and in particular to the question: What should be done next in this specific format?