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Minister Darmanović in Poznań: European Integration has no alternative, it is important to continue with the enlargement policy

Minister Darmanović in Poznań: European Integration has no alternative, it is important to continue with the enlargement policy
Published date: 04.07.2019 21:02 | Author: MVP

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Minister of Foreign Affairs Prof. Dr. Srđan Darmanović stated today at the meeting of heads of Western Balkans’ diplomacies in Poznań that European Integration has no alternative and that it is important to continue with the EU enlargement policy.

At the ministerial meeting, organized within the framework of sixth Berlin Process’ Summit, hosted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland Jacek Czaputowicz, participated heads of Western Balkans’ diplomacies, ministers for European affairs of France, Germany, Great Britain and Minister for Regional Affairs of Italy, high EU officials and European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn and Director of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Angelina Eichhorst.

MVP It is emphasized at the meeting that Western Balkans is important part of Europe, as well as that the Berlin Process’ agenda, which focus is on better connectivity and strengthening cooperation, significantly bolster the integration of the Region to the EU.

At the session dedicated to the future of Berlin Process and European perspective of the Region, Minister Darmanović emphasized that we firmly support regatta principle and merit-based approach. He pointed out that is equally important that the Union continue with evaluation of results achieved on the European path.

We believe that individual progress of each country means also the prosperity of the Region, whose stability depends upon all countries. Therefore, Montenegro strongly supports the European perspective of neighboring countries – stated the Minister. In that line, he said that we advocate opening accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia.

Minister Darmanović underlined the importance of cooperation within the framework of Berlin Process and pointed out the necessity of following already taken obligations. In that sense, he touched upon the economic topics, while stating that strengthening of infrastructural links represents the precondition for Region’s prosperity.

Minister Darmanović particularly expressed pleasure that, on the basis of Montenegro’s initiative, Prime Ministers of Western Balkans’ countries will sign the Memorandum of Understanding on establishing the South East European International Institute for Sustainable Technologies (SEEIIST) tomorrow.

While congratulating Finland on taking over the EU presidency, head of Montenegrin diplomacy expressed belief that European institutions will soon define the strategic policy and that the enlargement policy will take important place.

European Commissioner Hahn emphasized that Western Balkans is part of Europe and it should be part of the European Union, stating that we share common interests and challenges, and, in that context, underlined that cooperation is of key importance for progress of the Region.