About European Western Balkans
European Western Balkans is a regional web portal specialized in European integration process of the Western Balkans. Founded in May 2014 by students and recent graduates of European Studies from different Western Balkans states, European Western Balkans has grown from modest beginnings into one of the leading sources of EU-related news in the region. European Western Balkans is owned and run by the Centre for Contemporary Politics.
Centre for Contemporary Politics (Centar savremene politike, CSP) is a Serbian civil society organization founded in May 2012, working in the areas of European integration, regional cooperation and democratic reform. Apart from running European Western Balkans, CSP has implemented the projects “Clear on Europe” (2015), consisting of a conference and a brochure on the EU facilitated dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina, and “Youth and EU” (2016), an Erasmus+ funded training programme on European integration.
European Western Balkans has grown from humble beginnings into a respected and reliable news portal on European integration and other EU-related topics in the Western Balkans. We have established cooperation with key media and news agencies such as Tanjug, FENA, SRNA, KosovaPress, Makfaks, NIN, Danas, Vijesti, Nova TV, N1 etc. and our articles have regularly been republished and quoted in various mainstream paper and electronic media in the Western Balkans. Links to our articles can be found from European Parliament briefs to policy papers and academic articles on various international websites. With an average of around 2000 visits to our website per day, with most of them coming from Western Balkans countries, but also from states such as Belgium and Germany, we believe we have built a respectable news portal on this specialized topic of European integration.
The content of European Western Balkans can be divided in three categories:
- Independently produced articles, news and infographics on various topics.
- Republished news and official statements and documents of different governmental and European institutions.
- Interviews, op-eds and articles by our contributors, different regional and European officials and experts.
Full list of interviewees and contributors can be found on our Portfolio page >>>
Although European integration is our fundamental topic of interest, our content is not limited to a narrowly-defined EU enlargement process, but encompassing different topics related to a common European future of the Western Balkans, such as regional cooperation, political stability and the enactment of reforms in key areas for the citizens of the Western Balkans. Also, relations between the EU and Western Balkans states, irrelevant of whether they are in a certain phase of EU accession or are already full members, remain an important topic for us.
Our vision of European Western Balkans is one of an influential and respectable portal on EU-related topics for the states in the Western Balkans, whose work serves three distinct purposes:
- Providing news and insights on EU-related topics on each of the Western Balkans states;
- Providing an overall and comparative approach to EU integration and EU-related topics of the region, allowing for cross-country comparison and for addressing the relations between the EU and the Western Balkans as a whole. This is something we consider to be absent from mainstream media in the region and thus a problem for establishing meaningful regional cooperation both within the EU enlargement process and the region’s common European future;
- Providing Western readers with information from the Western Balkans. While news from Brussels can be easily accessed by the citizens and stakeholders in the Western Balkans, there is a necessity for information from the Western Balkans reaching Brussels and other international English-language readers and stakeholders. This is a problem we sought to address and which we believe we have done meaningfully, evidenced by the number of international visits to our website and the amount of attention given to our articles by EU institutions and other international stakeholders.