Daniele Fattibene, Federico Castiglioni, Matteo Bonomi

Daniele Fattibene is Coordinator of the European Think Tanks Group (ETTG). Daniele has a major in food and nutrition security and development cooperation and has worked for several years as a researcher of the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) in Rome. Throughout the years he also served as a Consultant for UN Agencies, think tanks and NGOs such as the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Barilla Foundation, Save the Children and OXFAM. Federico Castiglioni (Ph.D.) is political analyst, specialized in European politics and institutions. He is currently researcher in the EU Programme at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), and adjunct professor of European Governance at the University “L’Orientale” in Naples. Matteo Bonomi (Ph.D.) is senior fellow in the “EU, politics and institutions” programme at Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI). He is member of the “Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group” (BiEPAG) and of the Editorial Committee of the academic journal “The International Spectator.” He holds a PhD in "Politics, Human Rights and Sustainability" from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy.

Bringing sustainability to the Western Balkan region

Policy Recommendations

  1. The first step in order to advance the Sustainable Development Goals in the Western Balkans is spurring transnational cooperation between the countries in the region. A set of common targets could harmonise the different legislations and involve more effectively the civil society.
  2. A transnational network of renewable energy should be seen as a security infrastructure, vital for the independence and autonomy of the whole region. Even if the investments in the field have been delayed by COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine, the Western Balkan countries should build cross-border interconnectors to create a coherent energy grid without holes and dead ends.
  3. In order to decrease the percentage of young people neither in employment nor in education and training and solve other social problems, the Western Balkan countries should smooth their mobility rules and agree on specific provisions for students and workers willing to spend time abroad.