An online conference on “The Western Balkans after 2020: Actions and Solutions During a Pandemic” will take place on 5 November. The forum was organized by the Bulgarian MEP from the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) Ilhan Kyuchyuk and the European Parliament group “Renew Europe”.
The year 2020 was crucial for the Western Balkans as enlargement returned to the EU agenda. However, COVID-19 not only hit the countries of the Western Balkans in a period of economic recovery and put enormous pressure on already fragile systems health, but also had an impact on the state of democracy in the region.
Despite the global pandemic, the Zagreb Summit declared “…clear support for the European perspective of the Western Balkans” from the EU and highlighted the large EU financial support package in the region. The event will be a great opportunity to hear the perspective of the Western Balkan countries on the further development of the accession process and the elaboration of relevant regional issues and policies.
Kyuchyuk, who is the European Parliament’s permanent rapporteur on North Macedonia, said the aim was to give more clarity to the negotiation process for the Western Balkans’ EU accession, The virtual meeting will be attended by EU Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia Bujar Osmani, the Deputy Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs of Albania Sokol Denja, the MEPs, Hilde Vautmans President of the European Liberal Forum, Nathalie Loiseau Chairman of the Subcommittee on Security and Defence, Željana Zovko of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Majlinda Bregu Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council./ibna