Economy, security and reconciliation are the three key areas of cooperation in focus of the London Summit on the Western Balkans. The EU has made a clear commitment and will expand on concrete measures to strengthen the cooperation with the region and within the region, helping further its European integration process while making it stable and prosperous
This week, the EU institutions and Member States reaffirmed their unequivocal support to the European perspective of the Western Balkans. While recognising the progress achieved, they underlined the continued need to focus on fundamental reforms.
In the Western Balkans, the prospect of EU membership is an important driver for economic reform essential to enhance trade and investments. The trade flow between the EU and the Western Balkans has over the past 10 years more than doubled, reaching almost 44 billion Euros in 2016. Trade is largely liberalised, and more and more European companies are including the Western Balkans in their value chains. This process of business integration has been a powerful engine for creating jobs in EU member states.
L’Union européenne et les Balkans occidentaux partagent une histoire commune et un riche patrimoine culturel, qui pourront être explorés cette année à travers les diverses initiatives organisées dans le cadre de la route du patrimoine culturel UE-Balkans occidentaux.
The European Union and Western Balkans share a common history and rich cultural heritage, which can be explored this year through the diverse initiatives of the EU – Western Balkans Cultural Heritage Route.
The Council welcomes the continued presence of Operation Althea, which in the follow up of the Strategic Review 2017 has refocused on its core mandate, while retaining the elements of capacity building and training deemed to be still necessary and phasing out the other elements no longer relevant.
Si në Nju Jork dhe ashtu edhe në Bruksel, BE këtë javë po punon me partnerët e Ballkanit Perëndimor për të përshpejtuar reformat dhe procesin e integrimit, duke përfshirë promovimin e bashkëpunimit efektiv rajonal.
Both in New York and Brussels this week, the EU is working with the Western Balkans partners to accelerate reforms and the integration process, including through promoting effective regional cooperation.