Archives / 18 May 2018

  • Faster integration via connectivity

    Faster integration via connectivity

    Leaders of the European Union reaffirmed its unequivocal support for the European perspective of the Western Balkans, and their Western Balkans partners recommitted to the European perspective as their firm strategic choice, at a joint summit in Sofia on 17 May, the first in 15 years. The forum urged the six countries of the region - Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Albania - to keep up the pace of reforms, but stopped short of indicating if any of the six countries in the region would join the 28-member bloc in the near future. A declaration in this regard was adopted, widely seen as culmination and the crowning event of the concluding in a month Bulgarian Presidency of the EU Council. The Sofia declaration says that the EU is determined to strengthen and intensify its engagement at all levels to support the region's political, economic and social transformation, including through increased assistance based on tangible progress in the rule of law, as well as in socio-economic reforms by the Western Balkans partners.