30 July 2018

The “16+1” format vs. “The Berlin Process” initiative- summit results analyses from Sofia (06-07.07/2018) and London (09-10.07.2018)

Stelian Teodorescu | Indira Crasnea

2018 seems to be an intense year for the West Balkans through some important events, which increases E.U.’s presence in the region, as well as China’s, by using its own involvement and commitments formats. After the European Committee published the strategy having the theme: “A credible enlargement perspective for and enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans” and after the EU-West Balkans summit (Sofia, May 2018) and the E.U. summit (Brussels, June 2018), there were two important events that could involve a harsh competition between E.U. and China, with hard to measure effects for the entire region’s future.

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The first of the two events was the 7 th summit of Government Chiefs from the Central and East Europe and China, that was held in Sofia, during 06-07.07.2018, under the auspices of the “16+1” format. [1] The representation of the Head of State and Governments in the West Balkans and the organization of the next summit in this format, in 2019 in Croatia, reveals the importance they gave the cooperation with China, as well as the geopolitical importance for the main international [...]

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