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Poland’s involvement in the Western Balkans

Poland shows its solidarity with developing countries by undertaking actions resulting from its membership in international organisations: the EU, UN and OECD to implement sustainable development goals, as well as by implementing assistance projects for those in need. This way, Poland strengthens its status as a country that is trustworthy. Additionally, we present ourselves as a country of experts, whose experience and expertise developing countries can benefit from. Poland also supports the European Union's open door policy, by initiating and participating in projects aimed at enlarging the Community.

Poland actively supports European integration of the six Western Balkan states: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia. Every year, Poland increases its support of reforms conducted by Balkan countries in their efforts to join the EU. We share our experience of the pre-accession period with our Balkan partners by participating in twinning projects, organising training sessions for civil servants, bilateral expert conferences and youth seminars devoted to reconciliation. Poland believes that in order to ensure security and prosperity of the entire continent Western Balkan countries and the EU should fully integrate. However, our support for enlargement is not unconditional. All countries aspiring to join the EU should make clear progress in terms of internal reforms and good-neighbourly relations to achieve this goal. We are convinced that the EU enlargement is the most effective tool in assuring peace, security and prosperity of candidate countries. Furthermore, taking into account current political, economic, social and security challenges, Western Balkan countries and current EU member states need to cooperate closely, ultimately as partners within the EU.

Twinning cooperation consists in Polish public administration using EU assistance programmes to support EU neighbours in reforming their public sector, in particular in building modern administration based on Polish standards and experiences.

While over the last six years Polish public administration institutions implemented most of their twinning projects in countries covered by the ENI-east programme[1] (i.e. in the former Soviet region), Western Balkan countries remained the second main beneficiary of Polish twinning assistance.

During that time, Polish institutions prepared 69 twinning proposals, only 29 of which were addressed to Western Balkan countries. As a result, Polish institutions won 19 twinning calls for proposals in countries covered by the ENI-east programme and 11 in the Western Balkans.

Polish administration implemented the following projects in the Western Balkans:

  • four twinning projects in Macedonia,

  • two twinning projects in Kosovo,

  • two twinning projects in Croatia,

  • one twinning project in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.

Polish projects were mainly implemented in the areas of: agriculture, public finance audit, reforms of institutions safeguarding the rule of law, European integration and education reforms.

 



[1] ENI-east –  European Neighborhood Instrument - east. Financial instrument of the European Commission addressed to former Soviet countries.

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