EU HR Borrell met Western Balkans leaders in Brussels

The focus of the talks was the future of the region and the main challenges it is facing

Photo: EU High Representative Borrell hosted an informal dinner with the Western Balkans countries' leaders.

An informal dinner with the six leaders of the Western Balkans focused on the future of the region and the main challenges it is facing, was hosted on Tuesday evening in Brussels by High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/EC VP Josep Borrell. EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Oliver Várhelyi also took part in the meeting.

The High Representative and the Western Balkans leaders had a strategic reflection together on ways to accelerate reforms to deliver on citizens’ expectations on EU integration, as well as approaches for reinforcing positive and constructive narratives in and about the region.

They agreed that the EU integration of the Western Balkans is a key strategic objective in the shared interest of the European Union and of the region.

Leaders confirmed their strong commitment to regional cooperation and agreed to continue to address global challenges, such as the Covid-19 pandemic.

The EU foreign policy chief said, he is reviving the tradition of regular informal exchanges with Western Balkans leaders. “Understanding that it is an informal meeting, this gives us an opportunity to discuss openly how do we see the situation and challenges of the Western Balkans - a really strategic region for Europe,” Borrell stressed.

 

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