The Civil Society Forum of the Western Balkans Summit Series is a platform enabling dialogue between Balkan citizens and regional and European decision makers, within the so-called Berlin Process. Its goal is to ensure participation of civil society in deliberation and creation of policies tailored to bring together the regional countries closer to each other, and anchor them in the European Union.
Through series of annual and interim regional meetings civil society organizations of the regional European Union aspirants gather to debate issues brought upthrough the Berlin Process yearly agendas, and articulate recommendations to regional and European decision makers on a wide range of topics, such as rule of law, fight against corruption, media pluralism, regional cooperation, competitiveness etc.
The series was launched in 2015, with the Civil Society Forum of the Western Balkans Summit Vienna 2015 as a joint initiative of ERSTE Foundation, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, and Karl Renner Institute, in close cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs. Since 2017, European Fund for the Balkans is responsible for design and coordination of annual and interim regional Civil Society Forum meetings.