The European Fund for the Balkans (EFB) is a joint initiative by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the ERSTE Foundation and the King Baudouin Foundation that supports countries from the Western Balkans in the EU association process. The initiative aims at strengthening democracy, fostering European integration and developing a strategy to address Europe’s emerging challenges.
The fund follows the recommendations made by the International Commission on the Balkans initiated by the Robert Bosch Stiftung. It had stated that the development of functioning government agencies must be supported and that a pro-European public is an important requirement for the integration of the region into the European Union. As a neutral platform for innovations, the fund has been supporting this process.