Representative of ADI Sarajevo attended the “The Western Balkan Hopeful three: Albania, Serbia, Montenegro – good students in EU integration, true or false?” which is organized in cooperation with “Out of the Box International”. The conference took place on Tuesday 3 May 2016 in the European Parliament. While Montenegro and Serbia are currently negotiating their EU membership, Albania is expecting the opening of accession talks. Rule of law-related reforms, covered by negotiating chapters 23 and 24, are in the political focus in all three countries. Important reform challenges are still lying ahead: the reform of public administration and the judiciary, freedom of media, impunity in the fight against systemic corruption and the reform of public administration. The slow reform progress sends a worrying signal both about the effectiveness of the EU’s ability to steer the accession process of the Western Balkans and the countries’ preparedness.