The countries of the Western Balkans / Southeastern Europe have made significant strides in their respective Euroatlantic paths during the past year. There are realistic expectations that 2010 will see further advances. On the EU agenda: Croatia is close to completing negotiations, Macedonia awaits the beginning of membership negotiations, and Albania, Montenegro, and Serbia have submitted candidacy applications. On the NATO agenda: Albania and Croatia are full members, Montenegro has a Membership Action Plan (MAP), and Bosnia-Herzegovina has submitted a request for MAP.It has been 15 years since the Dayton/Paris accords brought an end to the conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina. It has been 10 years since the end of the Milosevic regime in Serbia. In spite of positive developments, there are still significant but varying democratic reform challenges in all countries, and there are outstanding bilateral and regional issues, including strengthening democratic governance and institutions, fighting organized crime and corruption, furthering and strengthening regional relations, resolving the name issue between Greece and Macedonia, reforms in Bosnia- Herzegovina, the position of Kosovo in a regional context, and the impending opinion of the International Court of Justice.moreless
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