Article: International Negotiations and Domestic Change in the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood: Deconstructing Antidiscrimination Reforms in Moldova by Axyonova et al.
Democratic reforms, or lack thereof, in countries addressed by the European Union’s (EU’s) Eastern Partnership initiative (EaP) have attracted considerable scholarly attention. Yet many studies approach these countries’ political and policy developments through the lens of external actors’ (especially the EU and Russia’s) engagements. While accounting for international influences, this article lends agency to the domestic actors by scrutinizing the antidiscrimination reform process in Moldova, one of the EaP countries with closer relations to the EU, against the background of their negotiations. Read more
Report: ICMPD Migration Outlook 2022 Western Balkans & Turkey by Blum
Given the declining human rights situation in Afghanistan and the continued adverse impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economies of the major countries of origin, 2022 could witness a further increase in the numbers of forcibly displaced notably Afghans in the region and fresh migratory flows towards Turkey. […] On the other hand, in the Western Balkans region, the total cumulative number of irregular entries in 2021 was 45% lower (26,280) compared to the trends observed in 2020 (47,460) and 2019 (42,450) for the same period. Read more
An effective and equitable social protection system can help Kosovo to promote human capital, foster productivity, and reduce poverty. Since its independence in 2008, the country has made considerable socioeconomic progress, benefiting from the support of the international community and its own diaspora.
Book: Western Balkans Social Protection Situational Analyses by the World Bank
An effective and equitable social protection system can help Kosovo to promote human capital, foster productivity, and reduce poverty. Since its independence in 2008, the country has made considerable socioeconomic progress, benefiting from the support of the international community and its own diaspora. Kosovo’s economic growth has not been sufficient to reduce the high rates of unemployment or create formal jobs. It stands out as the Western Balkan country with the lowest labor market outcomes, especially for women, and is one of the poorest countries in Europe and the poorest in the Western Balkans, secondly to Albania. Read more
Book chapter: The Integration of the Eastern and Western Balkans into the EU and NATO: A Longitudinal and Integrated Analysis by Lopes et al.
This chapter puts the European and Euro-Atlantic integration of the Balkans into the spotlight and further analyzes the reactions from Russia. This integrative process is a relevant intention, especially after the revolutionary changes of the 1990s and the collapse of the communist bloc. This research seeks to fill this gap through an empirical, systematic, and comparative analysis of the integration and disintegration processes across the region. Read more
Book chapter: Challenges of Developing Open Policymaking in the Western Balkans by Vidačak
The level of openness of policymaking has gradually become an important indicator of the progress of public administration reform in countries aspiring for EU membership. This chapter seeks to identify main factors that affect the quality of openness of Western Balkans’ governments with particular emphasis on their ability to ensure adequate access to information, transparent and predictable decision-making, and timely public participation as key components of a wider concept of government openness. Read more
Report: Western Balkans Social Protection Situational Analyses: Kosovo Millan et al.
An effective and equitable social protection system can help Kosovo to promote human capital, foster productivity, and reduce poverty. Since its independence in 2008, the country has made considerable socioeconomic progress, benefiting from the support of the international community and its own diaspora. Kosovo’s economic growth has not been sufficient to reduce the high rates of unemployment or create formal jobs. Read more
Journal article: Social protection expenditure and redistribution in the Western Balkans by Mustafa et al.
This paper analyses social protection expenditure, its financing and its correlation with redistribution effects in the European Union (EU) candidate and potential candidate countries from the Western Balkans – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia. Read more
OECD Economic Outlook/ Interim Report March 2022: Economic and Social Impacts and Policy Implications of the War in Ukraine
This Interim Report focuses on the potential economic and social consequences of the war. The war is expected to slow the global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and further push up inflation worldwide. Read more
Article: Effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on labour markets in the western Balkans by Mashovic et al.
This article aims to contribute to the understanding of the pandemic’s adverseimpact on labour markets in the western Balkans and the need to take appropri-ate measures to mitigate this effectively in the forthcoming period. Using aspread of data, we analyse and compare the distributional impacts of the pan-demic recession in western Balkans labour markets in terms of the unemploy-ment rate and the average annual growth in real minimum wages. Read more
Book chapter: Unemployment and Emigration as a (Main) Challenge for the Social Security System and Stability of a Multiethnic State: The Case of Montenegro by Domachowska
The aim of this chapter is to present two key challenges to the social security of Montenegro – unemployment and emigration. The analytical basis of this research is a review of economic, sociological and security-related literature, including a secondary data analysis of public policy documents, statistics and media reports. Read more