European Integration

EU clarifies Western Balkans enlargement strategy

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

Kosovo is slowly moving closer to normalising its relationship with the EU

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.

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