The general reflection in Europe on the Balkans is today phagocyted by the question of the possible enlargement of the European Union. This is all the more penalizing since many agree that it is neither possible nor desirable to carry out this enlargement in a hurry and that it will still take a long time.
Yet the Balkans have an immediate need to project themselves into the future, to develop a common vision: European, whatever its form; operational, without duplicating the chapters of the formal integration process; debated and consented to by the societies, regardless of democratic fragilities.
Our Balkans2050 foundation proposes to work on these questions. Our actions will be based – at first – on the organization of meetings and non-governmental seminars: parliamentarians, companies, teachers, researchers, historians. With a precise objective: to identify, in a very concrete way, the higher common interests capable of generating a unitary impulse.
The Balkans are a region that will eventually be integrated into the European Union project, and they will bring to it an important part of its wealth, its power and its influence. In particular, the confirmation that being united in diversity enriches and strengthens, even in such geographically, culturally and historically fragmented regions.