Southeastern Europe

In joint statement, W Balkan leaders highlight regional cooperation, EU integration

SKOPJE - In an 11-point joint statement adopted on Monday at a Skopje summit titled The Growth Plan: Western Balkans Meets EU, Western Balkan leaders underscore the "paramount significance of cooperation within the region" and note that an EU Growth Plan represents a "new opportunity to promote the economic and social convergence of our region with the European Union."

EU growth plan potential ‘game changer’ for Western Balkans, official says

Leaders of the six Western Balkan countries, including Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia, met on Monday in Skopje, North Macedonia to discuss reforms needed to access the European Union growth plan presented last October.

Vucic: Serbia has more than doubled its GDP since 2012-2013

DAVOS - Since 2012-2013, Serbia has succeeded in more than doubling its total GDP from 32 bln euros to almost 69 bln euros, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said at a World Economic Forum (WEF) discussion panel in Davos on Thursday.

Vucic noted that the IMF had projected Serbia's GDP to grow 3.5 pct in 2024 but that he believed the growth rate would reach 3.6 pct.

European Council conclusions call for acceleration of W Balkans' accession

BRUSSELS - The European Council on Friday released a package of conclusions adopted at the December 14-15 Brussels summit, in which it reaffirmed "its full and unequivocal commitment to the EU membership perspective of the Western Balkans", calling for acceleration of the region's accession process.

A new window of opportunity to bring the Western Balkans closer to the EU?

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen vowed to bring the economies of the Western Balkans and the European Union 'closer' on Monday as she began a four-day tour of the region. Her plan includes a €6 billion investment package, to be delivered on condition the countries make reforms to open up their economies, overcome their conflicts and modernize their administrations.

Rejuvenating a vision

The recent gathering of Western Balkan leaders along with top European Union officials in Athens, following an invitation from Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (on the 20th anniversary of a summit between the EU and Western Balkan countries in the northern port city of Thessaloniki) was naturally overshadowed by the previously unannounced presence of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelens

Orlic: Serbia expects 4.5 bln euros of FDI in 2023

BELGRADE - Serbian Parliament Speaker Vladimir Orlic said on Tuesday in Brussels Serbia had become an engine of development in the Western Balkans and had a vital interest in diversifying its energy supplies.

Orlic was speaking at a conference on the Western Balkans that is traditionally attended by European People's Party members.