EU relations with the Western Balkans

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    Remarks by High Representative Federica Mogherini following the 1st EU-Georgia Association Council
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    Remarks by High Representative Federica Mogherini after today's meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council Remarks by High Representative Federica Mogherini after today's meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council <p>I apologise for being late. That was not out of major divisions or discussions but out of real in-depth conversation on all the points that we had on the agenda, with all the ministers concentrating on the two main political issues that we decided to have on the agenda today: which is on one side Ukraine, and on the other side the Middle East Peace Process. But we also touched upon other issues to which I will come afterwards.</p> 11/17/2014 21:11:50 11/17/2014 21:11:50 11/17/2014 21:11:50 11/05/2015 21:11:50 2014111721 090126248d6486a2 N 090126248d6486a2 /statements-eeas/2014/141117_03_en.htm 24943 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141117_03_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2014/141117_03_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141117_03_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Remarks by High Representative Federica Mogherini after today's meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council
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    Main results of Foreign Affairs Council, November 2014pdf

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The EU has close links with the countries of the Western Balkans. It aims to secure stable, prosperous and well-functioning democratic societies on a steady path towards EU integration.

The conditions for establishing contractual relations with these countries were first laid down in the Council Conclusions of April 1997. In 1999, the Council established the Stabilisation and Association Process (SAP). It was confirmed that the countries of the Western Balkans would be eligible for EU membership if they met the criteria established at the Copenhagen European Council in June 1993.

The European Council's determination to fully and effectively support the Western Balkans on their path towards European integration was reiterated by the Thessaloniki European Council of 19-20 June 2003, which endorsed the ‘Thessaloniki Declaration ’ and the ‘Thessaloniki Agenda for the Western Balkans: moving towards European integration ’. These documents were adopted at the EU-Western Balkans Summit held on 21 June 2003 in Thessaloniki.

The European Council of 14-15 December 2006 also reaffirmed the need for fair and rigorous conditions in line with the Copenhagen political criteria, the stabilisation and association process and the renewed consensus on admitting new countries to the EU (EU enlargement).

The EU's approach takes the form of a comprehensive set of policy instruments based on

  • the Stabilisation and Association Process
  • the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP)
  • the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSPD).

EU enlargement policy also includes financial assistance, channelled mainly through the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA).

Each autumn, the European Commission adopts its annual Enlargement Strategy and Progress Reports on individual countries.

Montenegro and Serbia have started membership talks. The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania are candidate countries, while the others are potential candidates for EU membership.

Under the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP), the EU retains a key supporting role in stabilising Bosnia and Herzegovina, through a military-led mission (EUFOR/Althea). Between 2003 and 2012 the EU also deployed a police mission (EUPM) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In Kosovo*, the EU has deployed a mission to support the Kosovo authorities in upholding the rule of law (EULEX).  CSDP missions have also been deployed in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

Within the Stabilisation and Association Process, regional cooperation and good neighbourly relations are essential for stability and the region's ongoing reconciliation process.

For further information, see:

-  Annual Enlargement Strategy & Progress Reports

Council conclusions

 

* This designation is without prejudice to position on status, and is in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1244/99 and the International Court of Justice Opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.

 

 


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  • 17/11/2014
    Remarks by High Representative Federica Mogherini following the 1st EU-Georgia Association Council Remarks by High Representative Federica Mogherini following the 1st EU-Georgia Association Council <p>I am delighted to welcome you Prime Minister Garibashvili, together with the new Foreign Minister Beruchashvili and other Georgian government representatives, to Brussels today for the first EU-Georgia Association Council meeting.</p> 11/17/2014 22:02:00 11/17/2014 22:02:00 11/17/2014 22:02:00 11/05/2015 22:02:00 2014111722 090126248d6486a6 N 090126248d6486a6 /statements-eeas/2014/141117_04_en.htm 14502 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141117_04_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2014/141117_04_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141117_04_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Remarks by High Representative Federica Mogherini following the 1st EU-Georgia Association Council
  • 17/11/2014
    Remarks by High Representative Federica Mogherini after today's meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council Remarks by High Representative Federica Mogherini after today's meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council <p>I apologise for being late. That was not out of major divisions or discussions but out of real in-depth conversation on all the points that we had on the agenda, with all the ministers concentrating on the two main political issues that we decided to have on the agenda today: which is on one side Ukraine, and on the other side the Middle East Peace Process. But we also touched upon other issues to which I will come afterwards.</p> 11/17/2014 21:11:50 11/17/2014 21:11:50 11/17/2014 21:11:50 11/05/2015 21:11:50 2014111721 090126248d6486a2 N 090126248d6486a2 /statements-eeas/2014/141117_03_en.htm 24943 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141117_03_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2014/141117_03_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141117_03_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Remarks by High Representative Federica Mogherini after today's meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council
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    Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini ahead of the Foreign Affairs Council Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini ahead of the Foreign Affairs Council 11/17/2014 12:11:50 11/17/2014 12:11:50 11/17/2014 12:11:50 11/05/2015 12:11:50 2014111712 090126248d61fadd N 090126248d61fadd /statements-eeas/2014/141117_02_en.htm 14260 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141117_02_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2014/141117_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141117_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini ahead of the Foreign Affairs Council

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