29 Apr 2013

Facilitated dialogue in the Balkans vindicates the EEAS

Steven Blockmans

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As a result of EEAS-led facilitated dialogue, on April 19th the prime ministers of Serbia and Kosovo reached their first agreement on the principles governing the normalisation of relations. The agreement handed Catherine Ashton a diplomatic victory she badly needed and offered proof of the added value of the European External Action Service (EEAS) as a new EU foreign policy actor.

Steven Blockmans is a CEPS Senior Research Fellow and Head of the EU Foreign Policy unit.