As part of the international presence in the Western Balkans, the EU adopted sanctions, brokered political agreements, launched its first police and military missions and directed economic, legal and administrative reforms to eradicate the root causes of instability. Yet, despite the comprehensive nature of the EU's involvement, its strategies have been marked by confusion, its actions by concurrent or competing mandates of other international organisations. Steven Blockmans presents legal and political methods of restructuring the international effort in the region, arguing that, under the leadership of the EU, only a 'tough love' strategy based on the application of the conditionality principle can lead to the integration of the Western Balkans into the European mainstream. Academics, practitioners, civil servants and students working in international law, EU law and the law of international organisations, and those engaged in relations with the EU and the Western Balkans, will find this book a valuable tool.
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Steven Blockmans argues that, under the leadership of the European Union, only a 'tough love' strategy based on the application of the conditionality principle can lead to the integration of the states of the Western Balkans into the European mainstream.About the Author:
Dr Steven Blockmans is senior research fellow in EU law and deputy head of research at the T.M.C. Asser Institute (The Hague). He combines his academic research with consultancy activities and training in EU law. His academic research focuses on EU constitutional and external relations law. Steven's consultancy activities consist of research projects for the European Commission and Dutch ministries, and are usually concerned with the compliance of national legislation and implementation with the EU acquis. In addition, he acts as an expert in projects sponsored by the same donors to train judges, court clerks, prosecutors and lawyers of Member States, (potential) candidate and ENP countries in EU law matters.
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