Civil Society Forum of the Western Balkans Summit Series
The Civil Society Forum of the Western Balkans Summit Series is a platform enabling dialogue between Balkan citizens and regional and European decision makers, within the so-called Berlin Process. Its goal is to ensure participation of civil society in the deliberation and creation of policies tailored to bring the countries of the region closer to each other and to anchor them in the European Union.
Through a series of annual and interim regional meetings and online discussions, think tanks and activist organizations of the countries of the region that aspire to join the European Union gather to debate issues brought up through the yearly agendas of the Berlin Process. On the basis of their research and field knowledge, they articulate recommendations to regional and European decision-makers on a wide range of topics.
The series was launched in 2015 with the Civil Society Forum of the Western Balkans Summit Vienna 2015. It is a joint initiative of ERSTE Foundation, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, and the Karl Renner Institute, in close cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs. Since 2017, the European Fund for the Balkans is responsible for the format design and coordination of annual and interim regional Civil Society Forum meetings.