Western Balkans: Berlin Process Foreign Ministers to hold virtual Summit on 9 November

Western Balkans: Berlin Process Foreign Ministers to hold virtual Summit on 9 November

A meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Berlin Process on the Western Balkans will take place on November 9th, co-chaired by North Macedonia and Bulgaria. The meeting will precede the November 10 Summit in Sofia, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry announced.

Given the situation with Covid-19, the meeting between the Foreign Ministers will be held virtually, hosted by the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The online meeting will be co-chaired by Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani and his Bulgarian counterpart Ekaterina Zaharieva. The meeting will include the plenary session, during which the opportunities and challenges facing the Berlin Process for the Western Balkans in the context of CBMs and improving regional cooperation will be discussed, including better interconnectedness between individuals and infrastructure.

The focus of the ministers’ talks will be on youth and civil society in the Western Balkans.

In addition to the Berlin Process member-states, representatives of the European Commission, the Regional Cooperation Council and the Regional Youth Cooperation Office in Tirana (RYCO) will also attend the online meeting in Sofia.

Following the ministers’ teleconference, an online press conference will be held between Co-Chairs Osmani and Zaharieva.

The Berlin Process constitutes a political-diplomatic initiative launched in August 2014 by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The participants in the process include the countries of the Western Balkans – North Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia and Montenegro, with several EU Member States as their partners and supporters, among others Germany, France, Austria, Italy, Great Britain, Poland, Greece, Croatia, Slovenia and Bulgaria./ibna