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Not only the integration process of Albania into the European Union, but the integration process of the entire Western Balkans into the European Union is not a favour we make, it is a matter of self-interest for the European Union itself. This was a message of High Representative Federica Mogherini this afternoon at a special event hosted by the European Parliament. President Antonio Tajani, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and Foreign Minister Ditmir Bushati also attended the discussion that focused on Albania's progress in implementing key reforms and its challenges towards EU integration.
Meeting informally in Sofia, EU foreign ministers discussed the newly proposed Strategy for the Western Balkans for the first time, the ways of strengthening the EU perspective of the region and preparations of the EU – Western Balkans Summit in Sofia. The European Union and the Western Balkans have a common interest in working more strongly together, to guarantee both the citizens of the EU and the region the economic and social development as well as security.