September 26, 2022 Berlin, Germany
CONSOLIDATING REGIONAL COOPERATION IN THE WESTERN BALKANS
The Council for Inclusive Governance (CIG) brought together in Berlin on September 26, 2022, a number of senior party officials from the countries of the Western Balkans to discuss regional economic and political cooperation in the framework of the Berlin Process. The roundtable was part of an ongoing initiative on regional cooperation supported by the German Federal Foreign Office. Officials from the German Federal Foreign Office took part in the roundtable and explained Germany’s efforts to support the region. A representative of the U.S. Department of State also took part. Many said the Berlin Process could serve as a bridge both among the countries in the region as well as between the region and the EU. They recommended that the Process focus on implementing the Common Regional Market (CRM)—for which an action plan already exists—and on helping countries to resolve ongoing political disputes. Below is the report from the discussions.