RELEVANCE OF THE MODULE TO THE SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES OF THE ACTION
As well known, the European Commission in 2018 launched a new strategy for “a credible enlargement perspective”, confirming the European future of the Balkan region as a geostrategic investment for a stable, strong, and united Europe based on common values.
Therefore, offering qualified training to those who already cooperate (or intend to cooperate) with the Balkan countries is of vital importance. In this perspective, the module complies with the objectives and priorities of the Jean Monnet Activities, aiming at enhancing the European dimension at the university level by organizing a highly specialized training course seeking to provide an in-depth and technical analysis of the JHA sector that is one of the main areas of cooperation between the EU and Western Balkans, and a matter of extreme political importance for the EU. Indeed, in line with the EU’s ‘new approach’ to the accession process, opening chapters on judicial reform and fundamental rights (Chapter 23), and justice, freedom, and security (Chapter 24), has been a top priority in the negotiations with Montenegro and Serbia, also in view of the forthcoming opening of negotiations with other Balkan countries, such as Albania and North Macedonia. Therefore, the module:
- Contributes to focusing on concrete reforms of the Western Balkan legal system to comply with the EU accession requirements.
- Fosters dialogue between the academic world, legal operators, and policymakers directly affected by the implementation of the legal reforms.
- Constitutes the basis for future poles of European knowledge also for candidate countries and particularly for Albanian students and professors who already take advantage of Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility.
- Delivers tailor-made activities on specific EU issues relevant for graduates and professionals.
- Promotes the publication and dissemination of the results as OER.