Future of Western Balkans is in EU, BSFconcludes

The future of the Western Balkans is in the EU, and the global credibility of the EU is at stake in the enlargement process, according to the conclusions of the 9th Belgrade Security Forum, which closed Friday.

18 Oktobar 2019 18:46

BELGRADE - The future of the Western Balkans is in the EU, and the global credibility of the EU is at stake in the enlargement process, according to the conclusions of the 9th Belgrade Security Forum, which closed Friday.

"It is in the security, political and economic interest of the EU to integrate the WB into its membership," the conclusions said.

"By failing to deliver on its promises once Western Balkans countries deliver historic compromises and necessary reforms, the EU is supporting anti-EU forces promoting nationalism and the unaccountable behavior of political elites.

Freezing the accession process is counter-productive and irresponsible; it threatens the fragile peace in the Balkans. Therefore, the BSF calls for the opening of accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania and awarding visa liberalisation to the citizens of Kosovo without further delays.

If the European Union intends to take the path of geopolitical thinking and acting, the Western Balkans is the first step on this path," the conclusions said.


Photo: Tanjug/D. Kujundzic

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