This paper was prepared in the framework of the run-up activities for the Civil Society and Think Tank Forum 2023 of the Berlin Process which took place in Tirana and was co-organized by ELIAMEP.

The South-East Europe Programme of ELIAMEP participated in an advisory role which assisted the leads of the working groups tailor the conclusions and recommendations in the most effective way to address policy makers in Brussels, EU member states and the Western Balkans.

These recommendations stem from consultations with security experts across all Western Balkan countries within the Thematic Working Group (TWG) on Security and Geopolitics. Discussions focused primarily on how to foster regional security cooperation. The process involved three consultation meetings with 50 regional security experts and other stakeholders, as well as a public conference held in Pristina with 51 attendees. This conference aimed to analyse the primary findings from the consultation process and to establish a set of recommendations for enhancing regional security cooperation. The Kosovar Centre for Security Studies (KCSS) facilitated the consultation process, alongside a core group of security experts from each of the six Western Balkan countries.

You can read the paper here.