Western Balkans

    • Brussels: MFA programmes with eight EU partners agreed

      Brussels: MFA programmes with eight EU partners agreed

      As of today, the European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has agreed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) on macro-financial assistance (MFA) programmes with eight partners, the Press service in Brussels reported on Tuesday. The agreements are part of the €3bn MFA package for ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners, aimed to help them limit the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.

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    • Western Balkans leaders discuss virus crisis, EU future

      Western Balkans leaders discuss virus crisis, EU future

      Government leaders and officials from six Western Balkan nations met on Wednesday for a virtual summit to discuss how to prevent and address economic stagnation and social impacts from the coronavirus pandemic that could derail or delay national efforts to join the EU, news wires reported. The summit “gathered” presidents, prime ministers and government ministers from Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

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    • EU to support the WBalkans in tackling COVID-19

      EU to support the WBalkans in tackling COVID-19

      The European Commission has announced more than €3.3bn of EU financial support mobilised jointly with the European Investment Bank to the benefit of the Western Balkans’ citizens in its contribution ahead of the EU-Western Balkans’ leaders meeting of 6 May. This package aims to address the immediate health and resulting humanitarian needs of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as help with the social and economic recovery. In addition to the reinforced support, the Commission is also outlining the broad parameters of longer-term support to be presented later this year in the form of an Economic and Investment Plan for the region.

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    • Western Balkans ask European Commission for export exemption

      Western Balkans ask European Commission for export exemption

      The ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Western Balkans countries have encouraged the European Commission to lift an export authorization on certain medical goods needed during the coronavirus pandemic, the minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia, Nikola Dimitrov, said on Twitter on Thursday. If an exception is granted, it "would send a strong message of European solidarity to our citizens," Dimitrov underlined.

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    • Western Balkans on focus

      Western Balkans on focus

      Europe cannot exist as a whole, stable and prosperous alliance without integrating the Western Balkans. This was the main messages from a conference on the European perspective of the region held last Monday in the Greek port city of Thessaloniki, news wires reported. The foreign ministers of Greece, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Italy and Slovenia as well as representatives of the Commission and the Western Balkans states attended the event.

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