Event Title

European Union as a factor for the democratization of Western Balkan Countries and the EU's impact on promoting democracy and normalizing relations between Serbia and Kosovo

Session

Management, Business and Economics

Description

“The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the right of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, nondiscrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail." The role of the EU in promoting democratic values is of particular importance. Promoting these values for the Western Balkans and Kosovo, the EU is doing through the Stabilization and Association Process policy and has made a valuable contribution to their democratization. Since the collapse of communism, the EU is making a valuable contribution to these countries in solving the problems and difficulties of their transition and democratization. The states of the Western Balkans, after the collapse of communism, were oriented towards political, economic and social transformations. Some of them have achieved satisfactory results, despite certain difficulties, on their path to the establishment of liberal democracy, developing a consolidated democratic system, a functioning market economy and efficient democratic institutions with broader welfare policies, made great progress in eliminating inequality. The democratization of these countries is going through different steps, somewhat faster and somewhat slower, as is happening to Kosovo because of its specifics. The purpose of this article is to show that the Stabilization and Association Process Policy is an efficient EU mechanism to promote its democratic values for the Western Balkan countries, with particular emphasis on Kosovo, and that fulfilling the resulting tasks from EU policies, through the Stabilization and Association Agreement, are criteria for assessing progress towards EU integration at the same time can be considered as an important factor in democratizing a country, which can be said about the Kosovo case.

Keywords:

Democratization, normalization of relationships, UE, Kosovo

Session Chair

Besnik Skenderi

Session Co-Chair

Mirjeta Domniku

Proceedings Editor

Edmond Hajrizi

ISBN

978-9951-437-69-1

Location

Pristina, Kosovo

Start Date

27-10-2018 3:15 PM

End Date

27-10-2018 4:45 PM

DOI

10.33107/ubt-ic.2018.290

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European Union as a factor for the democratization of Western Balkan Countries and the EU's impact on promoting democracy and normalizing relations between Serbia and Kosovo

Pristina, Kosovo

“The Union is founded on the values of respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights, including the right of persons belonging to minorities. These values are common to the Member States in a society in which pluralism, nondiscrimination, tolerance, justice, solidarity and equality between women and men prevail." The role of the EU in promoting democratic values is of particular importance. Promoting these values for the Western Balkans and Kosovo, the EU is doing through the Stabilization and Association Process policy and has made a valuable contribution to their democratization. Since the collapse of communism, the EU is making a valuable contribution to these countries in solving the problems and difficulties of their transition and democratization. The states of the Western Balkans, after the collapse of communism, were oriented towards political, economic and social transformations. Some of them have achieved satisfactory results, despite certain difficulties, on their path to the establishment of liberal democracy, developing a consolidated democratic system, a functioning market economy and efficient democratic institutions with broader welfare policies, made great progress in eliminating inequality. The democratization of these countries is going through different steps, somewhat faster and somewhat slower, as is happening to Kosovo because of its specifics. The purpose of this article is to show that the Stabilization and Association Process Policy is an efficient EU mechanism to promote its democratic values for the Western Balkan countries, with particular emphasis on Kosovo, and that fulfilling the resulting tasks from EU policies, through the Stabilization and Association Agreement, are criteria for assessing progress towards EU integration at the same time can be considered as an important factor in democratizing a country, which can be said about the Kosovo case.