REGIONAL COOPERATION ON COMMON THREATS
CIG convened its third regional roundtable for senior political party officials from the Western Balkans. The meeting took place on June 23, 2020 via teleconference. The meeting’s purpose was to exchange experiences in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, discuss lessons learned, evaluate cooperation to date, and agree on what kind of regional cooperation would be needed during a probable second wave. Ultimately, the initiative on regional cooperation aims to make help make the Western Balkan cooperation a normal occurrence and utilize it to resolve the outstanding bilateral and regional political conflicts, thus eliminating one of the main hurdles toward EU membership. The roundtable is part of a CIG initiative on regional cooperation and democratic development supported by and implemented in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office. Below is the short report from the discussion.