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Facing up to COVID-19 in the Balkans: Where is the EU?

Tuesday 07 April 2020  11:00 - 12:00


Danilo Curcic
Programme Coordinator, A11* Initiative for Economic and Social Rights, Serbia
Donika Emini
Executive Director – CiviKos Platform, KosovoDonika
Florian Bieber
Professor of Southeast European History and Politics
Genoveva Ruiz Calavera
Director for the Western Balkans, DG NEAR, European Commission
Jovana Marovic
Executive Director, Politikon Network, MontenegroExecutive Director, Politikon Network, Montenegro


Corina Stratulat
Senior Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre

This online Policy Dialogue discussed the impact of COVID-19 on the political, social and economic level in the Western Balkan countries. The governments of the region have imposed strict measures to contain the spread of coronavirus, but have failed to provide an economic approach to the crisis and address the needs of socially marginalised groups. Furthermore, the emergency situation, involving numerous restrictions, fast-track procedures and greater executive power, poses a serious threat to the basic principles of democracy. Although the EU’s financial support has been generous, as recognised by the panellists, it should be supported by additional political pressure in order  to prevent democratic backsliding. 

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