Social support institutions throughout the Western Balkans Region

While cooperation on cross border social protection in the region had started, such co-operation needed to be expanded and enhanced, as a condition for the further integration of the entire region into “the larger Europe”. At the same time the levels of protection offered to citizens and residents of the region had to be brought in line with the standards common in the European Union. With this in mind, the Council of Europe embarked on implementing an ambitious three-year programme in the Western Balkan/CARDS region, in order to support the modernisation of social policies and institutions, and to promote regional social security coordination.