Ahead of the visit the High Representative/Vice-President Borrell said: "I am looking forward to my first official visit to the Western Balkans which demonstrates our commitment to the EU perspective of the region, its stability, security and prosperity. The Western Balkans will be a priority during my mandate and, given my personal resolve to advance the EU-facilitated Dialogue, I wanted to visit Kosovo and Serbia first in the region. There is a lot of important work ahead including the normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina. During my visit, I look forward to getting to know Kosovo and Serbia and to meet their people.”
The High Representative will be in Kosovo on 30-31 January. He will meet with political leaders including President Hashim Thaçi (the meeting will be followed by a press point), party representatives as well as representatives of civil society organisations. Josep Borrell will launch an EU-funded project to improve air quality in Kosovo and will visit Prizren.
The High Representative will be in Serbia on 31 January-1 February. He will meet with political leaders including President Aleksandar Vučić (the meeting will be followed by a press point), party representatives as well as representatives of civil society organisations. Josep Borrell will also visit areas around a Serbian national park.
Videos and photos of the visit will be available on EbS.