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.
Today, the Commission has confirmed that Kosovo has met the 2 outstanding visa liberalisation requirements on the ratification of the border demarcation agreement with Montenegro and a strengthened track record in the fight against crime and corruption, thus fulfilling all benchmarks set out in the Visa Liberalisation Roadmap.
High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on Friday stressed how unity, responsibility and pragmatism from the entire society in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia had been key in achieving reform results, and encouraged the country to continue working with the same resolve.