V4 urges faster EU enlargement to west Balkans

  • Tomáš Krajňák
  • 14.7.2017 08:14

Foreign ministers and their deputies from the Visegrad group and other Central European countries – the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia and Croatia – met in Budapest on 10 July to, among other issues, discuss the situation in Western Balkans. They called on the EU to accelerate the integration process in the Western Balkans, especially with Montenegro and Serbia, saying a failure to integrate them could pose a security threat to the whole region.

More than two-thirds of the accession chapters with Montenegro are opened and the country enjoys a widespread support from the EU. The Western direction of the country is also documented by Montenegro's recent accession to the NATO. Serbia wants to keep its traditional partnership with Russia, but, at the same time, is determined to become a member of the EU. First, however, its long-lasting dispute with Kosovo must be resolved. Macedonia, as well as Albania, represents an EU candidate nation and has yet to begin its accession talks. Nevertheless, Macedonia's new Prime Minister Zoran Zaev expressed his strong desire to join the EU. The prospect of EU membership has fueled reforms in the Balkans and while the EU has recently gotten more involved in the region, it still says that much more needs to be done.

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