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Skopje: Acknowledged commitment of the Western Balkan countries to further progress in the European integration process

Skopje: Acknowledged commitment of the Western Balkan countries to further progress in the European integration process
Published date: 11.01.2018 15:00 | Author: MVP

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State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Zoran Jankovic, participated in a meeting of the political directors of the Western Balkans countries, organized by the European External Action Service and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Macedonia, which was held in Skopje.

Beside Ambassador Janković, the meeting was attended by representatives of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia and the European Union, who exchanged views on a series of issues of common interest such as the situation in the region, the EU's foreign and security policy, energy, as well as the relations with Russia, China and Turkey.

Participants agreed that 2018 is a very important year for all countries, but also the region as a whole and that the Western Balkans Strategy, expected to be released in February, reports on progress in April and the EU-Western Balkans Summit in May this year, will provide a strong impetus to the Union's enlargement policy. The unquestioned commitment of all countries to concrete progress in order to meet the conditions for achieving full membership in the EU is reiterated, with the assessment that the momentum and focus of Brussels on the Western Balkans should be used to continue key reform processes.

Also, the modalities of improving relations between the countries of the region, both within the framework of the Berlin Process and at the bilateral level, are discussed and that will have a positive impact on the dynamics of the accession to the Union.