The European Commission has adopted a new strategy with an EU accession perspective for the countries in the Western Balkans. The initiative highlights key areas where the potential future member states need to reform along with fundamental EU institutional reforms necessary for the effective functioning of an enlarged union. »
“The Western Balkans are part of Europe: we share the same history, the same geography, the same cultural heritage and the same opportunities and challenges today and in the future. We have a common interest in working more and more closely together to guarantee to our people economic and social development, and security.”
Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Seven years after Kosovo's declaration of independence, Kosovo is still facing substantial obstacles to regularising its relationship with the EU. We had a discussion with Kosovo's Minister of Interior Affairs, Skender Hyseni, about what lays ahead.