A Western Balkan 6 (WB6) Advocacy Group was established at a meeting hosted by the European Movement in Serbia, in Belgrade, on 29 September 2016. CSOs from the Western Balkans have initiated the forming of this group to facilitate and accelerate the accession of the entire region to the European Union.
One of the Group’s main priorities will be to change the region’s negative image. Its aim is to alert to the relevance of the Western Balkans to the EU and push the enlargement to the region back to the top of the Union agenda through improved regional cooperation and concerted advocacy efforts vis-à-vis European decision makers.
One of the WB6 Advocacy Group’s first activities will be to present the Guidelines for the Advocacy Strategy for the EU Integration of the Western Balkans, as well as for preparing national advocacy strategies, to stakeholders across the region and in the EU. The Guidelines and other relevant material will soon be available on the WB6 AG Portal.
The establishment and organisation of the WB6 Advocacy Group was supported by the partner think tanks from the Visegrad Group (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia), which shared their national experiences in advocating EU integration. The Advocacy Group is a result of a one-year research project implemented by the European Movement in Serbia with other regional and V4 think tanks and supported by the Visegrad Fund, German Cooperation and the Regional Cooperation Council.