Select Committee on International Relations
The UK and the future of the Western Balkans

1st Report of Session 2017-19 - published 10 January 2018 - HL Paper 53



Chapter 1: Introduction

Box 1: Western Balkans Summit

Figure 1: Map of the Western Balkans

Chapter 2: Impact of Brexit on the UK in the region

Chapter 3: Regional stability

Table 1: Ethnic makeup of Western Balkan countries

Chapter 4: Euro–Atlantic integration


Bosnia and Herzegovina




Impact of joining NATO

EU accession

Timetable for accession and support in the region

Box 2: EU membership status of Western Balkan countries

Accession process

UK’s support for accession

Alternatives to EU membership

Chapter 5: Interests of other countries





Table 2: Muslim population of the Western Balkans

Saudi Arabia and Gulf states


Chapter 6: State capture

Authoritarian leadership

Political parties

Box 3: Political parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Freedom of expression

Table 3: Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index

Civil society

Women in civil society


Chapter 7: Corruption and organised crime


Table 4: Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index 2016

Organised crime

Chapter 8: Trade and investment

Table 5: UK trade with the Western Balkans

Chapter 9: Extremism and anti-democratic nationalism

Islamist radicalisation

Other forms of extremism

Chapter 10: Migration

Migration crisis and the Western Balkans route

Table 6: Illegal border crossings on the Western Balkans route

Brain drain

Summary of conclusions and recommendations

Appendix 1: List of Members and declarations of interest

Appendix 2: List of witnesses

Appendix 3: Call for evidence

Appendix 4: Country briefs and maps

Appendix 5: Summary of meeting with Nikola Dimitrov, Macedonian Minister of Foreign Affairs

Appendix 6: Visit notes from the region

Appendix 7: Roundtable discussion

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