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Gentiola Madhi - Editor and Researcher

MA degree in EU International Relations and Diplomacy at the College of Europe (Bruges campus), after the MSc in International Relations at the University of Florence and the Advanced European Studies at the European College of Parma. Previously, she has worked with Albanian institutions, Italian local administrations and international NGOs. In 2018 she started collaborating with OBCT covering political and social developments in Albania. Since 2023, she works at OBCT as researcher and policy analyst on issues of enlargement, territorial cohesion and macro-regional strategies.

Articles by Gentiola Madhi

Balkans: Still many obstacles to regional economic cooperation

23/04/2024 -  Gentiola Madhi

Regional economic cooperation has turned into the headline of EU-Balkans relations in the last months. But what’s the situation today in the Balkans? An interview with Nenad Đurđević, advisor to the President of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Head of the Regional Council for Strategic and Policy Initiatives

Ćerimagić: Regional cooperation to be linked to EU membership

11/03/2024 -  Gentiola Madhi

The EU has invested considerable efforts in stimulating regional cooperation in the Balkans over the last decades, yet the results are questionable. Which are the reasons behind such slow progress and where does Bosnia and Herzegovina stand? We talked about it with Adnan Ćerimagić analyst at ESI

Balkans in the EU, towards a gradual integration?

29/01/2024 -  Gentiola Madhi

Stimulating convergence with EU countries, creating a regional common market and proceeding with sectoral integration in the European single market are among the objectives of the European Union's renewed engagement with the Western Balkan countries. But the path remains uphill

Montenegro: the challenge of negotiating Chapter 22

24/10/2023 -  Gentiola Madhi

More than six years have passed since Montenegro started the negotiations on Chapter 22 on regional policy and, despite the efforts, the challenges to internally adapt to European standards persist. An interview

Montenegro’s path to EU membership

15/06/2023 -  Redazione

With eleven years of negotiations and 33 chapters opened, Montenegro’s road to EU accession remains long. The country is moderately prepared on regional policy, but several challenges remain. An overview

Cohesion Policy, more jobs and growth in 2021-27

21/07/2023 -  Gentiola Madhi

In early May, the Commission published a working document on the potential impact of cohesion funds in member states during the current financial seven-year period. What are the economic prospects for the countries of South-East Europe?

Cohesion Funds, the risk of an emergency

16/03/2023 -  Gentiola Madhi

The repeated use of structural funds by the EU institutions to deal with crises risks having repercussions on the main objective of strengthening the territorial cohesion of the European regions. A report by the European Court of Auditors

European cities, the frontier of cohesion

22/12/2022 -  Gentiola Madhi

How to ensure that cities are places of rights and quality of life and not of division and marginalisation? European institutions, through cohesion policy, are trying to find solutions

Albania: the government closes the Turkish boarding school

11/10/2022 -  Gentiola Madhi

One week after the start of the lessons, on 22 September, the Albanian government suddenly closed the 'Mehmet Akif' Turkish women's boarding school in Tirana. A drastic decision with unclear reasons. The interference of the Turkish authorities is in the shadows

The EU cohesion policy has been allocated 392 billion Euros for 2021-2027: ready to go?

02/09/2022 -  Gentiola Madhi

Over the past year, many EU countries have signed partnership agreements with the European Commission for cohesion. What is it about? How are the countries of Southeast Europe doing?