Western Balkans

Promoting European integration of the Balkans and strengthening democracy in the region.

Initiated in 2003, the process of rapprochement between the Western Balkan countries and the European Union is slowing down. Only Croatia and Slovenia have become EU member states and the policy of enlargement no longer finds consensus across the EU. Moreover, the region is suffering from a multitude of unresolved problems, among which are conflicts, the emergence of autocratic regimes, the retreat of democracy, corruption, a brain drain and poor economic development. For more than 10 years, the King Baudouin Foundation has worked, together with other European foundations, to strengthen democracy in the Western Balkans, foster their integration into the EU and assert their role in the face of the new challenges confronting Europe.

Our activities

  • through the European Fund for the Balkans, a joint initiative of several European foundations, including the King Baudouin Foundation, we support initiatives to develop human capital, work to empower think tanks and defend European and regional integration
  • and we support the Balkans programme of the European Policy Centre (EPC) in an effort to sustain debate at EU level on European integration of the Western Balkans.

Western Balkans is part of the programme Europe


Network of European Foundations for Innovative Cooperation (NEF)

European Fund for the Balkans: strengthening democracy and EU integration in the Balkans.

Through the programme strategy, selected regional projects and activities privilege capacity and policy development and regional cooperation.

Network of European Foundations for Innovative Cooperation (NEF)

Support for the EU Integration and Migration Programme (EPIM 2022) and for Ukraine.

Creating inclusive communities and humane responses to migration in Europe and helping Ukrainian refugees through citizen initiatives and a specific fund.

University of Sarajevo

TRAIN in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Continue to work on a national development plan for academic staff, based on the TRAIN model and implemented by the University of Sarajevo since 2013.

Partnerships, missions, specific initiatives

European Fund for the Balkans

Strengthening democracy, fostering European integration and affirming the role of the Western Balkans in addressing Europe’s emerging challenges.