EU officials and leaders from the six EU hopeful countries are expected to flesh out a proposal for a regional common market, which could help prepare these countries for the EU’s single market.
With at least four in five residents saying EU membership would benefit their country or region, views in Albania and Kosovo are the most positive by far. As two of the poorest areas in the region with high unemployment rates, residents may associate membership with a means to improve their living standards and stimulate job growth.
Of the six, Montenegro and Serbia are the only Balkan candidate countries engaged in accession talks. People living in Serbia, however, are the most divided on EU membership.