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Home > Publications > PISM Policy Papers > Policy Brief "The Visegrad Group: Exploring New Agenda for the Western Balkans"

Policy Brief "The Visegrad Group: Exploring New Agenda for the Western Balkans"

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12 September 2012

The authors of the Policy Brief on the engagement of the Visegrad countries in the Balkans are four analysts: Tomasz Żornaczuk, Milan Nič, Jan Vlkovský and István Gyarmati. In the introduction the authors briefly explain why Europe should pay more attention to the south-eastern part of the continent. Then they present the policy of the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary in the Western Balkans, and show that although help from these states is significant, there is a need for greater coordination of the Visegrad Group countries in the region. In the main part of the text, the authors propose a number of recommendations for actions that should be taken by the Visegrad countries in the Balkans in order to boost Euro-Atlantic integration processes in the region.

The Policy Brief was created in co-operation of the Polish Institute of International Affairs, Central European Policy Institute – run by the Slovak Atlantic Commission (Slovakia), the Center for Democracy Public Foundation (Hungary) and Jagello 2000 Association (Czech Republic). The publication is part of the co-operation of above mentioned think-tanks in the framework of the project "Visegrad Policy Briefs: Converging Regional Positions."