What is WB6 Advocacy Group?
WB6 Advocacy Group is an initiative of Western Balkan think tanks aimed at accelerating and facilitating the European Union enlargement towards the Western Balkans.
Established in September 2016, the Group grew out of two successive projects– the European Integration of the Western Balkans: Can the Visegrad Countries Serve as Role Models, Belgrade, 2015, which was supported by the International Visegrad Fund, and the Advocacy Strategy for the EU Integration of the Western Balkans – Guidelines, Belgrade 2016, supported by the International Visegrad Fund, the Stability Pact Fund of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC). Both projects benefited from expertise provided by partner think tanks from Visegrad Group countries.
What does WB6 Advocacy Group do?
In order to contribute to overcoming the impediments to EU integration of the Western Balkans, the Group aims to instigate the support of policy- and decision-makers in Brussels institutions, EU Member States, and in the Western Balkans, and of wider publics.
Through its programs and initiatives, the Group encourages advocacy efforts of national administrations, parliaments and civil society organizations and offers ideas on how to highlight arguments for faster accession to the EU, better cope with the EU “enlargement fatigue” and contribute to developing a positive perception of the region
For this purpose, the Group carries out research, publishes reports and policy papers, provides fora for public discussion, initiates dialogue between stakeholders, conducts outreach campaigns and issues direct calls for action.