Oliver Varhelyi

The EC Allocates €3.8 Billion to the Western Balkans and the EU's Eastern and Southern Neighbors

This is part of the European Union's strategy for a global pandemic response

EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi said today that the European Commission is allocating € 3.8 billion to the Western Balkans and its EU east and south neighbors to help fight the coronavirus, according to BGNES.

Turkish FM, counterparts discuss virus via video link

Turkey's foreign minister discussed on April 7 the fight against coronavirus pandemic with 11 of his counterparts.

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Twitter that he held the fourth teleconference meeting with his counterparts from Canada, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Indonesia, Morocco, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, and the U.K.

The EU is Sending € 38 Million in Emergency Aid to Health in the Western Balkans

Neighbourhood and Enlargement Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi announced that the European Union is sending € 38 million in emergency aid to the health care system of the Western Balkan countries.

More than € 373 million is planned for the socio-economic recovery of the region from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, Olivér Várhelyi wrote on Twitter.

Reviving Enlargement in Balkans Means Changing More than Methodology

Whatever happened to principles?

Oliver Varhelyi in Brussels, Belgium, 2020. Photo: EPA-EFE/OLIVIER HOSLET

The inability, or unwillingness, of the EU to confront local leaders in the Balkans has led some to farcical situations. Nothing can better showcase this lack of consistency than the issue of respect for the rule of law among aspiring EU members.

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