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Balkans,

Bulg. Stara Planina (stä`rä plä'nēnä`), major mountain range of the Balkan PeninsulaBalkan Peninsula,
southeasternmost peninsula of Europe, c.200,000 sq mi (518,000 sq km), bounded by the Black Sea, Sea of Marmara, Aegean Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Ionian Sea, and Adriatic Sea.
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 and Bulgaria, extending c.350 mi (560 km) from E Serbia through central Bulgaria to the Black Sea. It rises to 7,794 ft (2,376 m) at Botev, the highest peak. The Balkans are a continuation of the Carpathian Mts. The forested range is sparsely populated and rich in a variety of minerals.
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The Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF) has also contributed to the project.
In return, the bloc is seeking cooperation to crack down on criminal networks responsible for migrant smuggling, improved border controls, and efforts from the Western Balkan states to process asylum claims locally and curb the onward movements of people towards the EU.
In terms of the bilateral issues, the ministers of foreign affairs of the Western Balkan countries signed a declaration by which their governments undertook to resolve all bilateral issues in the spirit of good-neighborliness and with shared commitment to the process of European integration.
Still, Western Balkans has great economic achievements but it must follow the reform road, recommend from IMF.
One of the most significant projects the fund has been involved in outside the V4 region is preparation of the Western Balkans Fund.
As the only Welsh Canny Creative, Eagle will be working with local teams in Serbia and the Western Balkans to create lasting relationships between the British Council and its cultural partners in the host countries; to develop strategic and finding partnerships with governments, NGOs and corporate sponsors; and enhance potential and existing collaborative projects with the UK.
For these reasons, each of the countries from Western Balkans has started different types of reforms of their public administration.
Add to this that if in all cases a major lodestar may be the EU membership prospects of the countries of the Western Balkans, it must also be borne in mind that - especially to the West - there may be serious doubts about admitting countries not genuinely up to scratch; the prime cautionary tales being those of the Western Balkans' neighbours, Bulgaria and Romania.
In the Western Balkans, the Bank financed 23 projects, up by more than a third compared to the first half of 2010.
Party Politics in the Western Balkans (London and New York: Routledge, 2010).
Regarding the effects of Turkey's joining the EU on the region, Tadic said that there were countries which saw Turkey as a central ally in Western Balkans, adding that there were some countries which had very good relations with Turkey in the region.
At the EU-Western Balkans summit in Thessaloniki in June 2003, all of the EU's member states reiterated their "unequivocal support to the European perspective of the Western Balkan countries.

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