The EU is a community of shared values and laws. Democracy, equality, justice… and respect for fundamental rights and freedoms are the cornerstones of the EU project. The same values and conditions apply to aspiring EU members.
That’s why the EU supports its Western Balkan partners in implementing reforms to strengthen and improve their democratic institutions and justice systems. This goes hand-in-hand with support for civil society, independent media and protecting human rights.
A vibrant civil society is an essential component of a healthy democracy. The EU attaches great importance to empowering civil society in the Western Balkans.
The EU has long been supporting independent media and freedom of expression in the Western Balkans. With many challenges persisting, the EU remains committed to this goal.
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Factsheets | Published in: 2021
The Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) supports EU candidate countries and potential candidates in adopting and implementing key political, institutional, social and economic reforms to reflect the EU’s values and to align with its rules, standards and policies. This factsheet provides a summary of the support provided by the IPA III programme.
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