|Author (Corporate)||European Commission|
|Series Details||(2018) 65 final (06.02.18)|
The European Commission unveiled on 6 February 2018 a Strategy to support the Western Balkans region in its efforts to reform, paving the way towards future integration in the European Union.
This Strategy was subject to a presentation and debate at the European Parliament's plenary session on the same day. The President of the European Commission toured the region between 26 February and 1 March.
The Strategy sets out a set of specific actions to be undertaken by the European Union to support the transformation efforts of the Western Balkans in areas of mutual interest. It also underlines the need for the EU to be prepared to welcome new Member States once these countries met the criteria.
Six countries are included in this Strategy: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia. Six flgaship initiatives were announced in this framework:
+ Initiative to strengthen the Rule of Law
Therefore, it spells out the priorities and areas of joint reinforced cooperation, addressing the specific challenges facing the Western Balkans. The Strategy also explains the steps that need to be taken by Montenegro and Serbia to complete the accession process in a 2025 perspective.
The release of this Strategy follows the statement from the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker during his 2017 State of the Union address, in which he re-affirmed the European future of the Western Balkan countries. The European Council also showed support to the ambition of the region of becoming part of the EU, namely during the March 2017 meeting.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Countries / Regions||Europe, Southeastern Europe|