Balkans: Serbia, Albania, North Macedonia OK EU summit

22 June, 16:11

    (ANSAmed) - BELGRADE, JUNE 22 - The leaders of Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia will participate in the EU-Western Balkans summit scheduled Thursday in Brussels, the presidency in Belgrade announced on Wednesday, following uncertainty and doubts over the past few days evidently connected to dissatisfaction for progress registered by the three countries in their path towards European integration.

    Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and the premier of Albania Edi Rama and Macedonia Dimitar Kovacevski held on Wednesday morning one last contact. "After detailed and widespread consultations with aides and government members, the leaders of the three countries have decided to attend the summit together, having agreed on the principles on which talks with European Union leaders will be based", said the Serbian presidency in a statement. Common participation in the summit, he added, "represents a further step for the advancement of our countries, but also a clear signal that, despite numerous obstacles, we are continuing to give concrete contribution to the path towards European integration". "We are aware that the themes on the agenda at the summit will not be easy, but our participation shows and confirms once more the commitment towards the European path of Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia", the statement of the Serbian presidency noted. The three countries at the same time highlighted their determination to fight in favor of "dialogue as the only and main model for the solution of all the open issues".

    Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia are part of the initiative 'Open Balkan' launched in 2019 with the objective of creating a common market in the Western Balkans, and the three countries are showing growing harmony in their position on economic exchanges and reforms. On the European scenario, however, Serbia, which refuses to adhere to sanctions against Russia, should not register any step further in the negotiation process, while North Macedonia and Albania are waiting for the start of adhesion talks, blocked since the end of 2020 by Bulgaria, which has been engaged in a harsh dispute with Skopje over its past, language and national identity. The themes are on the agenda of Thursday's summit. (ANSAmed).

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