Friends or foes?

Gender analysis of the 2022 European Commission country reports for the Western Balkans

The EU has the strongest political and economic leverage vis-à-vis Western Balkan countries. This calls for clear guidance from the EU to the national governments about what reforms to prioritise, how to gender-mainstream policies and legislation in line with the EU acquis and how to move from policy to effective implementation. For this reason, the issuing of official action-oriented recommendations to national governments pertaining to gender equality in different chapters of the Country Reports is of utmost importance.

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