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12 Feb 2016 description
report European Commission

On 25 October, President Juncker convened a Leaders Meeting on refugee flows along the Western Balkans route to address the unfolding emergency situation.

The objective was to improve cooperation, step up consultation between the countries along the route and take pragmatic operational measures to tackle the refugee crisis. Leaders representing Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia agreed on a 17-point Action Plan.

27 Oct 2015 description
report European Union

Frontex will strengthen its existing operation on the Greek islands in the Aegean and will assist in the registration and fingerprinting of migrants at Greek land borders with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania. It will also reinforce its presence at Croatia’s border with Serbia.

27 Aug 2015 description
report European Commission

Brussels, 27 August 2015

For candidate countries (Albania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey) and potential candidates (Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo), the EU provides both financial and technical support.

The aim of this support is to help the beneficiaries make political and economic reforms and to help them meet the obligations necessary for membership of the EU.

This is done primarily through the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA).

08 Feb 2005 description

Researched, written and published by the Humanitarian Policy Group at ODI

Paul Harvey