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All the boundaries, divisions and rifts notwithstanding, the differences between us and them wane on a daily basis and at a continuous pace, as the individuals living in the Balkans are affected by identical institutional and societal constraints. Issues like poverty, corruption, violence and the lack of basic rights and freedoms are interconnected and transcend the national borders, thus demanding a rather holistic approach.

Balkanoscope is a project aimed at promoting personal stories of those individuals affected by a manifold of issues common for the entire region of the Western Balkans. Founded in 2018 as a joint initiative of the European Western Balkans and the European Fund for the Balkans, it aspires to speak up for those people faced with all the issues that have been agonizing the region for ages and obstructing its European perspective.

On the one hand, it will depict lives in the post-war countries and interrelated issues. In addition, importance has also been placed on the common social issues such as poverty, unemployment, corruption, crime, lack of opportunities and serious environmental challenges. Finally, the issues pertinent to restrictions of freedoms and the lack of rule of law in the region are also given the attention they deserve.

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The European Western Balkans is a regional web portal specialised in European integration process of the Western Balkans. Founded in May 2014, it has grown from modest beginnings into one of the leading sources of EU-related news in the region. European Western Balkans is owned and run by the Centre for Contemporary Politics, a Serbian civil society organization founded in May 2012, whose activities are focused on democratization, European integration process and regional cooperation. The main goals of the organisation are development and promotion of democracy, the support for the EU integration process and the promotion of European values, as well as the regional stability and cooperation. The vision of the organisation is democratic Serbia in united Europe.


The European Fund for the Balkans is a joint initiative of European foundations that envisions, runs and supports initiatives aimed at strengthening democracy, fostering European integration and affirming the role of the Western Balkans in addressing Europe’s emerging challenges. The up-to-date programme strategy based on three overarching areas – Capacity Development, Policy Development and Regional Cooperation – is channelled via flagship programmes and selected projects, complemented with a set of actions arising from EFB’s regional identity as a relevant player in its fields of focus. Their synergetic effects are focussed on continuous “Europeanisation” of the policies and practices of the Western Balkans countries on their way to EU accession, through merging of the region’s social capacity building with policy platform development, and a culture of regional cooperation.

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