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Mogherini: Trieste Summit confirms EU integration perspective for the Western Balkans

13/07/2017 - 15:21
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The European Union is and will continue to be consistent in its support for the EU integration of the countries of the Western Balkans in line with their reform efforts, High Representative Federica Mogherini said yesterday in Trieste. For the EU, this process is a strategic investment in the stability, peace, security and long-term prosperity of Europe as a whole.

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Leaders from the EU and six Western Balkans countries "all confirmed the perspective of the European Union integration of the Western Balkans" at the fourth Western Balkans Summit in the framework of the "Berlin Process". These countries are themselves "determined to have a future in our Union" and "once the right reforms are passed, we will be very consistent from our side" in delivering further integration, Mogherini said in public remarks following the meeting, which she described as "very successful". 

In addition to this commitment, leaders signed off on a number of new practical projects to advance regional cooperation, notably in the fields of connectivity, regional economic integration and people-to-people contacts.

A Transport Community Treaty signed at the meeting with countries of the region will pave the way for infrastructure improvements. The Western Balkans leaders also agreed on an action plan to develop a Regional Economic Area to consolidate a market of some 20 million consumers, attract investment and generate growth and jobs. By increasing the free movement of goods, services, investment and skilled workers, such integration would help unleash the vast economic potential of the region.

Summit participants confirmed the importance of strengthening the rule of law, fundamental rights, economic development and competitiveness in order to deliver results to citizens, and of working together to address global challenges.