EU-Western Balkans summit, 6 October 2021

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A summit bringing together leaders of the European Union (EU) and the Western Balkans region - Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Kosovo - was held in Slovenia on 6 October 2021.

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The EU leaders adopted the so-called Brdo Declaration during the summit. It reaffirms the European perspective of the Western Balkans, which supports the enlargement process for each of its countries. It also sets out initiatives to support connectivity and the twin (green & digital) transitions in the region, and commitments in the area of political and security cooperation. The leaders of the Western Balkans decided to align themselves with this Declaration.

The summit was part of the implementation of the European Council's 2019-2024 Strategic Agenda. To underpin the relevance of the relationship between the EU and the region, the leaders also decided to regularly hold EU-Western Balkans summits.

On the eve of this summit, an informal European Council meeting took place to discuss the EU's role in the world. EU leaders recalled their support to multilateralism and to a rules-based international order.

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European People's Party: News, 05/10/2021: EPP EU-Western Balkans Summit: credible enlargement is based on shared responsibility
Euronews, 05/10/2021: Where do Western Balkan nations stand with their EU membership bids?
Balkan Insight: Analysis, 06/10/2021: Western Balkans Awaits EU Summit as Membership Hopes Falter
LSE: EUROPP Blog, 06/10/2021: Without an enhanced engagement strategy, the EU risks losing relevance in the Western Balkans
Party of European Socialists: News, 06/10/2021: PES calls for progress on European future for the Western Balkans
Kathimerini: Opinion, 07/10/2021: A united Europe includes the Western Balkans
Anadolu Agency: Analysis, 08/10/2021: EU-Western Balkans Summit and beyond
Emerging Europe: News & Analysis, 08/10/2021: Is the EU losing the Western Balkans?
Euro|topics, October 2021: Western Balkans in limbo - how much longer?
The Economist, 09/10/2021: The European Union should not give up on enlargement

Associated Press, 28/09/2021: Albania complains its EU accession bid is being held hostage
EurActiv, 05/10/2021: EU leaders to restate Western Balkans enlargement commitment but without timeline
EUObserver, 05/10/2021: EU sweetens tone of Western Balkans summit
Reuters, 06/10/2021: EU restates Balkan membership guarantee but won't say for when
The Guardian, 06/10/2021: Serbia president lauds Russia ties at EU Balkans summit
France24, 06/10/2021: Frustrated Balkans seek reassurance at EU summit
RFE/RL, 06/10/2021: EU Leaders Reaffirm Western Balkans' 'European Perspective,' Give No Timeline For Accessions
EurActiv, 06/10/2021: EU leaders offer words, funds to disillusioned Western Balkans
The Irish Times, 06/10/2021: EU flirts with western Balkans despite growing fear of commitment
ANSA Agency, 06/10/2021: Frustrated Balkans seek reassurance at EU summit
Deutsche Welle, 06/10/2021: EU summit: No firm timeline for Western Balkans accession
BBC News, 06/10/2021: EU indecision ‘jeopardising’ its position in Balkans - Von der Leyen
Politico, 07/10/2021: EU leaders back ‘enlargement’ for Balkans — just not anytime soon

European Council: Invitation letter by President Charles Michel to the members of the European Council ahead of their informal meeting and the Western Balkans summit in Slovenia (1 October 2021)
European Commission: News, 05/10/2021: EU-Western Balkans Summit: Reaffirming the European perspective of the Western Balkans
General Secretariat of the Council: EU-Western Balkans summit, Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia, 6 October 2021
General Secretariat of the Council: Background Brief for EU-Western Balkans summit, 6 October 2021
General Secretariat of the Council: Brdo Declaration (6 October 2021)
European Council: Remarks by President Charles Michel after the EU-Western Balkans summit in Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia (6 October 2021)
European Commission: Statement by President von der Leyen at the joint press conference with President Michel and Prime Minister Janša following the EU-Western Balkans Summit (6 October 2021)
European Council: Oral conclusions drawn by President Charles Michel following the informal meeting of the members of the European Council in Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia (6 October 2021)
German Federal Government: News, 06/10/2021: EU affirms European prospects for the Western Balkans
Slovenian Government: News, 06/10/2021: Prime Minister Janez Janša: The Western Balkans need the European perspective
Finnish Government: Press Release, 06/10/2021: Prime Minister Marin participates in EU-Western Balkans Summit in Slovenia

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