Western Balkans speakers to meet at the European Parliament

Speakers from the Western Balkans parliaments will gather on Tuesday at the European Parliament, under President David Sassoli's patronage, to discuss European prospects for their region. Parliamentary Speakers from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia will be joined by the Speaker of the Parliament of Croatia, the country currently holding the rotating EU Council Presidency.

The speakers will meet Sassoli as well as the chairs of EP political groups and the Foreign Affairs Committee's Working Group on the Western Balkans. “I am looking forward to welcoming the speakers from the Western Balkans to the European Parliament. This house has always been firmly committed to the European perspective of the Western Balkans. It is well known that we were very disappointed by the failure of the European Council to start negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia last October. It is now time to move on together and keep pushing for progress. Parliaments are essential in this regard,” Sassoli said.

Parliamentary cooperation, the future of Europe and the enlargement process, which has stalled following disagreement in Council on opening accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia, are on the summit's agenda. In its resolution adopted last October, Parliament expressed disappointment that Albania and North Macedonia were not able to start accession talks, stressing that the enlargement process has played a decisive role in stabilising the Western Balkans.

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