The president of the European Movement in Serbia’s Forum for International Relations, Jelica Minic, said on June 27 that she believed the Berlin Process would in the future continue to provide the dynamics in relations between the region and the EU, until all the countries of the region were firmly on track to join the Union.
“The Berlin Process was a sort of accession process laboratory, where the region’s capacities for connection, for agreement, for progress, for finding arrangements with the EU were tested in many areas,” Minic told the media in Belgrade, at an international conference titled The Berlin Process – What Next?
In her words, the objectives of the gathering, organized by the EMinS and the Fridrich Ebert Foundation, were the evaluation of the purpose of the Berlin Process, whether we still need it and what the next steps are.
The Berlin Process was launched in 2014 in response to the announced break in the EU’s opening to new member states. It was designed to continue work on certain enlargement tasks, but in a particular way and in a limited number of areas. In 2018 the new EU Strategy for Enlargement encompassed a large portion of the Berlin Process agenda and the mechanisms developed within it.