The Brdo-Brijuni Process, initiated in 2013 by Slovenian President Borut Pahor and then Croatian President Ivo Josipovic, offers an important dialogue environment that aims to find solutions to the problems between Balkan countries, to evaluate the European Union’s (EU) enlargement process and to deepen regional economic cooperation. In this context, Ankara Center for Crisis and Policy Studies (ANKASAM) presents the views of Petar Milutinovic, Researcher at Institute of European Studies based in Serbia evaluating the importance of the Brdo-Brijuni Process for the Balkan countries.
Petar Milutinovic, holds a PhD in International and European Studies at the University of Belgrade. Working as a researcher at the Institute of European Studies (IES), Milutinovic’s areas of expertise are international relations, security studies, transatlantic relations, and European Union integration.
- The Brdo-Brijuni Process provides an important dialogue circle to evaluate the EU’s enlargement process and to exchange views on the solution of the existing problems between Balkan countries. First of all, how Brdo-Brijuni Process plays role in these matters? How it contributes to regional cooperation? What do you think?
- Western Balkans leaders met in Slovenia as part of the Brdo-Brijuni Process, which is seen as an opportunity to assess the region’s situation and urge the EU to accelerate the enlargement process. How would you evaluate the last summit held on 12th September?
- In particular, Slovenia stands out as the country that makes the most effort for Bosnia and Herzegovina to obtain the EU candidate status. Slovenian President Borut Pahor frequently expresses this. He also made a statement that Bosnia and Herzegovina would receive candidate status soon. Is it possible for Bosnia and Herzegovina to get EU candidate status in the near future?
- The joint declaration was not accepted at the summit due to the disagreement between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. How would you interpret this?