Dear friends and colleagues from EU and Western Balkans,
On May 6th 2020 the leaders of EU member states and Western Balkan states will meet under the Croatian presidency of the EU Council to discuss a new perspective for WB states to become EU members. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the original Western Balkan Summit will be replaced by an online summit. To ensure that the voice of CSOs is included, Croatian civil society under the coordination of CROSOL, and NGOs from the region, have planned to organize a shadow summit. Unfortunately, this was also canceled. In spite of everything, we have decided to deliver the message of the civil society to the leaders through this declaration. We are inviting you – if you are in favor of this declaration – to sign it, so we can send a common message to the summit participants.
This declaration was drafted by CROSOL – Croatian Platform for International Citizens Solidarity, Human Rights House Zagreb, Documenta – Center for Dealing with the past, Civil Rights Defenders, Balkan Civil Society Development Network, Belgrade Center for Security Policy, Helsinki Committees for Human Rights from North Macedonia and Albania, Institute for Democracy Societas Civilis Skopje, Initiative for the monitoring of EU integration of BiH, Politikon Network and Sbunker.
Declaration is open for signatures until Tuesday, May 5th, 9am and is available HERE. The declaration will be publicly released later that day.
Let’s hope that there will be an opportunity to meet face to face somewhere in Europe soon – wherever it is.