EU relations with the Western Balkans

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  • 18/12/2014
    Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following her meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following her meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi <p>I was pleased to meet today Kosovo's First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hashim Thaçi for the first time in my new capacity.</p> 12/18/2014 11:37:11 12/18/2014 11:37:11 12/18/2014 11:37:11 12/06/2015 11:37:11 2014121811 090126248dc246b8 N 090126248dc246b8 /statements-eeas/2014/141218_02_en.htm 10369 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141218_02_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2014/141218_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141218_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following her meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi
  • 15/12/2014
    Main Results of the Foreign Affairs Council, December 2014pdf
  • 15/12/2014
    Remarks by High Representative Federica Mogherini arriving to the Foreign Affairs Council, Brussels, 15 December 2014 Remarks by High Representative Federica Mogherini arriving to the Foreign Affairs Council, Brussels, 15 December 2014 12/15/2014 00:00:00 12/15/2014 00:00:00 12/15/2014 00:00:00 12/03/2015 00:00:00 2014121500 090126248dbb1e34 N 090126248dbb1e34 /statements-eeas/2014/141215_06__en.htm 11197 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141215_06__en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2014/141215_06__en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141215_06__zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Remarks by High Representative Federica Mogherini arriving to the Foreign Affairs Council, Brussels, 15 December 2014

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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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  • 18/12/2014
    Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following her meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following her meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi <p>I was pleased to meet today Kosovo's First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Hashim Thaçi for the first time in my new capacity.</p> 12/18/2014 11:37:11 12/18/2014 11:37:11 12/18/2014 11:37:11 12/06/2015 11:37:11 2014121811 090126248dc246b8 N 090126248dc246b8 /statements-eeas/2014/141218_02_en.htm 10369 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141218_02_en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2014/141218_02_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141218_02_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini following her meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi
  • 15/12/2014
    Remarks by High Representative Federica Mogherini arriving to the Foreign Affairs Council, Brussels, 15 December 2014 Remarks by High Representative Federica Mogherini arriving to the Foreign Affairs Council, Brussels, 15 December 2014 12/15/2014 00:00:00 12/15/2014 00:00:00 12/15/2014 00:00:00 12/03/2015 00:00:00 2014121500 090126248dbb1e34 N 090126248dbb1e34 /statements-eeas/2014/141215_06__en.htm 11197 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141215_06__en.htm 1 /statements-eeas/2014/141215_06__en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141215_06__zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Remarks by High Representative Federica Mogherini arriving to the Foreign Affairs Council, Brussels, 15 December 2014
  • 11/12/2014
    David Schwendiman nominated as new Lead Prosecutor for the Special Investigative Task Force (SITF) David Schwendiman nominated as new Lead Prosecutor for the Special Investigative Task Force (SITF) <p>David Schwendiman from the United States has been nominated as the new Lead Prosecutor for the Special Investigative Task Force (SITF). The SITF was established by the European Union in 2011 as an independent criminal investigation into the serious allegations contained in the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly report of January 2011 by Senator Dick Marty entitled: “Inhuman treatment of people and illicit trafficking in human organs in Kosovo”.</p> 12/11/2014 16:49:01 12/11/2014 16:49:01 12/11/2014 16:49:01 12/11/2014 16:49:01 2014121116 090126248dafdda2 N 090126248dafdda2 /statements-eeas/2014/141211_01_en.htm 10896 xml Y /statements-eeas/2014/141211_01_en.htm 2 /statements-eeas/2014/141211_01_en.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141211_01_fr.htm /statements-eeas/2014/141211_01_zz.htm N ID_INTERNAL N N
    David Schwendiman nominated as new Lead Prosecutor for the Special Investigative Task Force (SITF)

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