South-East Europe Programme

The South-East Europe Programme of ELIAMEP was set up in 2011.  

Research and policy analysis on Balkan affairs has a long tradition in ELIAMEP going back to its early days in 1988 

The Programme intends to follow that legacy of highquality scholarly and policy work. 

The South-East Europe Programme publishes policy analyses and research findings through the standard publishing outlets of ELIAMEP. 

 It also reaches wider audiences by publishing short articles and op-eds in prominent Greek and international media and its news are communicated to several thousand subscribers through the mailing lists of ELIAMEP and the South-East Europe Programme as well as through social media.  

Last but not least, the South-East Europe Programme is associated with the academic journal Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, published by ELIAMEP in partnership with Taylor & Francis. 


Balkans COVID-19 Mapping and Response Analysis

Our project maps the health implications of the global pandemic for Southeast Europe and juxtaposes the spread of the coronavirus to countries’ health system capacities. Our platform includes an interactive map that visualizes the pandemic’s toll on the region, but also quantitative and qualitative data about the governments’ emergency political and economic measures, social distancing, travel restrictions and all other relevant decisions in twelve countries of Southeast Europe. Our interactive map is updated every week with data and visuals on the basis of our of dozens of official governmental portals and reliable non-governmental sources of information.

We aim to generate information about the multiple effects of the crisis on health systems, the democratic institutions and civil liberties, the economies, and the geopolitics of the region. We also plan to monitor the gradual relaxing of the measures and the plans for the region’s recovery efforts. We will complement our platform with online discussions and webinars, teaming up with prominent experts to debate the effects of the crisis and the future of the region and its peoples.


For the project’s methodology and data sources click here.


The team

Key Researcher: Bledar Feta

Researcher and Spatial Analysis Expert: Kalliopi Amygdalou

Research Assistants: Nteivis Tsaka, Iakovos Tsalikoglou, Panagiota Bertsima, Thodoros Vavikis, Tina Alyssandraki

Spatial Analysis Assistant: Apostolis Karabairis

Media Relations: Odin Linardatou

Head of South-East Europe Programme: Ioannis Armakolas

Directions for use: Click on each country's set of orange bullet points for statistical data on a national level from April 1st to May 31st, 2020 (cumulative confirmed cases, cases per day, cumulative confirmed deaths, deaths per day, total persons tested, tests per day, total recoveries, recoveries per day), as well as for the Coronavirus governments’ response timeline; click on each country for the latest statistical data on cases, deaths, and tests. This information will be updated every week. We are committed to adapting the tracker to keep pace with the evolution of the epidemic, hence color classifications are reviewed every week and updated if needed, to account for the overall rise in cases and deaths in the region. For more information see the methodology section above.
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Experts, South-East Europe Programme

Ioannis Armakolas
Senior Research Fellow, Head, South-East Europe Programme
Yorgos Christidis
Research Fellow, Domestic politics and international relations in South-East Europe
Bledar Feta
Research Associate, Foreign policy, domestic politics, international relations, violent extremism, migration, human rights in South-East Europe
Julianne Funk
Research Fellow, Managing Editor, Journal of Southeast European and Black Sea Studies
Beáta Huszka
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, Southeast Europe; Minority issues in Central Eastern Europe and the Balkans
Isabelle Ioannides
Research Associate, EU foreign policy, EU enlargement, peace and security, geopolitics, Western Balkans, Eastern Mediterranean
George Kalpadakis
Research Fellow, Southeast Europe; Regional cooperation; Civil society
Panagiotis Paschalidis
Research Fellow, Media representations of the Balkan region
Giorgos Triantafyllou
Research Fellow, International relations
Thodoros Vavikis
Junior Research Fellow; Project Manager South-East Europe Programme