Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro

Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini upon arrival at the Western Balkans Summit in London

London, 10/07/2018 - 16:30, UNIQUE ID: 180710_8
Remarks

Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini upon arrival at the Western Balkans Summit in London

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As some are fighting on how to leave, others are working hard to get in the [European] Union, and today we hear from them.

The Western Balkan countries have been working very hard on reforms, on reconciliation, on good neighbourly relations, on some bilateral agreements that have been historic – like the name issue that Athens and Skopje signed a few weeks ago and I was honoured to witness that signature – and the European Union is recognising this work and accompanying their way towards the European integration.

Today is an important day - I know that the media attention today in London is focused on something else - and I think we owe to our friends in the Western Balkans the attention they deserve, the support they deserve because as many of them - and as all the young people in the Western Balkans always remind us - the attractiveness of the European Union is something very real and vital.

From the outside sometimes one realises this better than from the inside.

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