what was at stake
green position
what we achieved
what we did not achieve

WomenÂ’s rights in the Balkan accession countries

Although the accession countries in the Western Balkans have adopted much of the legislation on gender equality required to join the EU, many of these laws are not being properly implemented.

In practice too few women benefit from equal access to justice, even though they remain victims of wartime crimes, especially rape.

In addition, women in the Western Balkans are often underrepresented in both political and economic life, even though they could make an extremely valuable contribution towards conflict resolution in the region.


What was the Greens' position?

The Greens believe that the Balkan countries should adapt their laws and institutional frameworks, not only to facilitate their EU accession, but most of all to improve the level of well-being in their societies.

We therefore hope that the Balkan candidate countries will step up their efforts to prosecute criminals guilty of all kinds of war crimes, including sexual violence.


Did other MEPs accept the Greens' position?

The Greens succeeded in mustering majority support for our positions, including on political inclusion, economic inclusion (if necessary by applying quotas) and on reproductive rights, such as access to high-quality reproductive health services.

We also managed to defend passages demanding respect for LGBT rights, fending off efforts by the EPP and ECR to water down the text.


Which points did the Greens lose?
In general, the Greens were satisfied with the outcome of the negotiations.

Procedure:Own-initiative procedure


Lead MEP:Marije Cornelissen (GREENS/EFA)

Green MEP responsible:Marije Cornelissen


Staff contact:Elisabeth Horstkötter (Email)
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Outcome of the vote
Below you find the results of the final vote in plenary. How did the political groups vote? What about national delegations? And what was the position of your MEP?