Borrell hosted a dinner for the leaders of the Western Balkans

Borrell hosted a dinner for the leaders of the Western Balkans

High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell hosted an informal dinner with the six leaders of the Western Balkans on the future of the region and the main challenges it is facing. In the meeting participated the President of Montenegro Milo Đukanović, the Prime Ministers of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev, of Albania Edi Rama, of Serbia Ana Brnabic, of Kosovo Albin Kurti, and the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Zoran Tegeltija. Commissioner for Enlargement Oliver Várhelyi also participated in the meeting.

In an open and frank atmosphere, the High Representative and the Western Balkans leaders had a strategic reflection together on ways to accelerate reforms to deliver on citizens’ expectations on EU integration, as well as approaches for reinforcing positive and constructive narratives in and about the region. They agreed that the EU integration of the Western Balkans is a key strategic objective in the shared interest of the European Union and of the region.

Leaders confirmed their strong commitment to regional cooperation and agreed to continue to address global challenges, such as the Covid-19 pandemic.

In hosting this informal meeting, High Representative Borrell is reviving the tradition of informal meetings with Western Balkans leaders. These meetings will continue in the future.

“The EU’s commitment to the Western Balkans is unquestionable and needs to be very visible. This is why I revived the tradition of regular informal dinners with the six leaders tonight, to have open strategic and political discussions on our common future” post Josep Borrell on Twitter./ibna