European Political Community: Opportunities for the Western Balkans

Authors:Marina Vulović, Margit Wunsch Gaarmann
Date:27 June 2023
Document type:Commentaries

When French President Emmanuel Macron first spoke of a “European Political Community” (EPC) in May 2022, the proposal was initially met with scepticism in many places. In particular, the six Western Balkan states (WB6) – some of which have been working, albeit at different speeds, towards EU membership for nearly 20 years – were concerned that the EPC would serve as a substitute for full EU membership. Other voices criticised the discussion format, which has no founding document, as merely an ineffectual photo-op.

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