Enlargement of the European Union is a success; in the foreign policy arena it is perhaps the most successful one. However, the way enlargement is run needs to change and soon in order for it to remain credible and for the EU to stay main policy actor in the Western Balkans.
We are at the crossroads: process of enlargement will either accelerate until the final goal of new members joining the EU in a foreseeable future or it will lose its purpose. Basic assumption necessary for the success of the enlargement process is that the EU sincerely wants to accept new members and that the Western Balkans genuinely wants to fulfill membership criteria.
European Movement in Serbia and partners from the region have defined twelve proposals on how to re-energize the process, making it successful in the Western Balkans without diluting membership criteria or abandoning fundamental values of the EU. This particularly stands for the rule of law that is under threat both in the EU and the region.
Proposals are mostly directed at the EU institutions and the EU member states since they are defining the policy, setting the dynamic and methodology of the process.