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Good News for the Balkans

 
Saturday, 15 January 2011 23:54
 
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by Emanuela Claudia Del Re (EPOS)
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Good News for the Balkans. Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia have joined the EU free visa regime at the end of 2009. A fact that shows that these countries are “mature” enough for the EU, that is that they are able to meet the over 50 criteria required, including the reforms in security that render the visa superfluous. Nevertheless, the situation in the Balkans remains very complex. Croatia is burdened by the issue of the territorial waters, a dispute with Slovenia.

Macedonia must still resolve the issue of its name that determines all its moves, given the opposition of Greece in this regard. The EU imposes to all the parts to come to an agreement, considering the issues as bilateral, especially in the enlargement perspective. What must be taken into consideration, is that the impact of these questions on the internal equilibrium of the countries involved is risky: in Macedonia  it could influence the inter-ethnic relations; in Croatia, there could be a revival of nationalist forces. Bosnia Herzegovina, despite having signed the Stabilization and Association Agreement, still sees lack of trust between the three entities, to make it concise and incisive. Moreover, the situation between Serbia and self-declared independent Kosovo is still undefined and tense, especially in Kosovska Mitrovica.

The picture that emerges from this brief description is made of scattered tesserae of a mosaic. In order to find the right position of all of them, it is crucial for the Balkan countries  to work on their own status within the EU but at the same time to develop a stronger regional awareness. If the perspective is the EU for all, then they must work now to find heir common key features to act as reference point for them in the club.






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