"The Balkans is in our hearts"
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz pointed out today, before the EU-Western Balkans Summit on Brdo near Kranj, that the Western Balkans need a true and sincere European perspective.
"The region of the Western Balkans is in our hearts, but those ties are not only historical, geographical or economic, but also human. If the EU does not give a true European perspective to the Western Balkans region, we must be aware that other superpowers like Russia, China and Turkey will play a significant role there", Kurz underlined that the Western Balkans is a geographical part of Europe and that it needs a European perspective."
Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bethel, said that the countries of the Western Balkans should not be betrayed, but neither should empty promises be made. He pointed out that there are conditions that need to be met for EU accession.
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An opportunity to talk about perspective
President of the European Council, Charles Michel, stated today that the EU-Western Balkans summit will be an opportunity to discuss the European perspective of the region, but also the financial funds that the EU is ready to mobilize in order to invest in the region and support reforms.
"We are talking about economic reforms, the fight against corruption and better governance. We want closer ties with these countries and this will be a point for an open exchange of views in order to identify the next steps and phases," Michel said when arriving at the summit.
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