Published 3 April 2023

EU Accession

The European charter of local self-government, promoted by the Council of Europe, provides principles for political, administrative and financial independence of local authorities. We guide EU candidate countries and countries already in the union through EU local government policies and legal frameworks.

These aspects guide our work with candidate and potential candidate countries to the EU as well as countries falling within the neighbourhood policies of the EU.

Except for the Swedish experience of EU accession, SALAR and SALAR International have a long and rigorous experience of supporting the most recent candidate countries with legal advice and reforms.

SALAR International has provided technical assistance to many new member states while they were still in accession. This work comprises cooperation with ministries, national agencies, local governments and NGOs. Our work includes services related to:

  • Technical assistance in line with European local governance and good practice
  • Technical assistance in alignment with EU legislation
  • Guidance to associations in conducting impact analysis of European Integration and harmonization
  • Guidance to access EU funding
  • Expertise for the Committe of Regions
  • Advice to EU-impact studies in candidate countries for instance Turkey, Albania, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia


  • Preparing Serbian local governments for the EU

    The project “Sustainable and inclusive service delivery at local level” helps preparing Serbian local authorities to adjust to EU standards and regulations by improving conditions for services delivery by enabling local dialogue and improving public administration.
  • Support to local governance in Türkiye and Lebanon hosting Syrian refugees

    Around 6.6 million Syrians have sought refuge abroad. The global pandemic and financial crisis have created enhanced competition for jobs between host and refugee communities and increased anti-refugee sentiments. SALAR International supports local governments in Türkiye and Lebanon to become resilient in the reception of refugees from Syria.
    Lebanon, Türkiye