Informal meeting EU-Western Balkans, February 16

Informal meeting EU-Western Balkans, February 16

On 16 February, leaders from the six Western Balkans countries join Presidents Michel and Von der Leyen, Croatian Prime Minister Plenković and High Representative Borrell for a first informal meeting in Brussels preparing the EU-Western Balkans summit in Zagreb in May 2020.

The previous EU-Western Balkans summit took place on 17 May 2018 in Sofia, Bulgaria. It brought together the heads of state or government from EU member states and leaders from the six Western Balkans partners.

EU leaders agreed on the Sofia declaration, with which the Western Balkans partners have aligned themselves. They also adopted the Sofia priority agenda, as an annex to the declaration and outlined new measures for enhanced cooperation with the region.

Leaders of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, the Republic of North Macedonia, and Serbia are in Brussels for the International donors’ conference for Albania, which takes place on 17 February at the European Commission./ibna