Showing posts with label Balkans. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Balkans. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Thursday, May 11, 2017

'Reunification of Europe, Not Expansion': The Balkans to Join EU After Brexit

The European Union will have new members after the United Kingdom's departure from the bloc, which will most likely be the Balkan countries that currently hold candidacy status, EU foreign policy сhief Federica Mogherini said Thursday.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Integration of Serbia, Balkans, remains EU's key strategic priority: Mogherini

Visiting European Union (EU) foreign policy chief said the EU is committed to receiving new member countries and will work together with Serbia to maintain regional stability and create better business environment by stimulating regional cooperation.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Hungary announces closure of Balkan route against refugees

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban announced that the Balkan route, used by refugees to reach Europe, has been closed following the summit held on Monday in Brussels between Turkey and the European Union, while he insisted on rejecting the resettlement of asylum seekers among EU countries.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

"Nobody joins NATO by force, Serbia included" (Jens Stoltenberg)

BELGRADE -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said that this western military organization "does not force any country, Serbia included, to join."

He added that he was "satisfied with the military cooperation so far."

Monday, September 8, 2014

SYRIZA MEPs question legitimacy of Western Balkans conference within the EU institutional framework (FYROM news)

PRESS RELEASE – 09/08/14

Subject: Question of SYRIZA MEPs to the European Commission on the circumvention of European institutions by Germany, regarding the conference it organised on the Western Balkans.

The six SYRIZA MEPs (D.. Papadimoulis, M. Glezos C.. Katrougalos, GA. Kuneva, GA. Chrysogonos, S.. Sakorafas) have brought before the European Commission the subject of the conference on the Western Balkans organized by the German government in August, with selected entries and outside the institutional framework of the EU.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Meeting of Merkel and PMs of Western Balkan countries. "All have the chance to become members of the EU" (FYROM news)

BERLIN - A meeting of the prime ministers of Western Balkan countries with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose initiative brought about a conference devoted to the development of the European perspective of the region, began in Berlin on Friday afternoon.

Taking part in the meeting are European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and the prime ministers of Austria, Slovenia and Croatia.

The meeting will be followed by a press conference featuring as speakers Merkel, Barroso, and Edi Rama, the prime minister of Albania, country that currently chairs the South East Europe Cooperation Process.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Skopje is hoping the issue of the name dispute to be in the agenda of the Berlin Summit (FYROM news)

 By Naser Pajaziti
The issue of the name dispute may be one of the topics of discussion in the Berlin Summit on the Balkan.

Although Greece will not participate in the conference hosted by the German chancellor Merkel on August 28, authorities in the country do not rule out the possibility of introducing the topic of the name dispute, bearing in mind Merkel’s interest to help in  solving this problem.

In this conference, FYROM will be represented by Nikola Gruevski, Foreign Minister Popovski and deputy prime minister for Economic Affairs, Vladimir Pesevski.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Italian FM to start a tour of visits in the Balkan. (The enlargement of the EU with the Balkan consists on a priority of the Italian presidency)

Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini holds an official visit to Albania on Friday in the framework of a tour in the capitals of Western Balkan countries (Sarajevo, Pristina, Skopje, Tirana, Belgrade and Podgorica).

This is one of her first visits since Italy took over the European Union Council chairmanship.

Through this visit, the Italian minister says that she wants to send a clear message on the importance that will be given to the European perspective of the entire region. The enlargement of the European Union with the Balkan consists on a priority of the Italian chairmanship program.

Monday, July 14, 2014

EU must help fund Balkan flood relief effort, European Parliament President Schulz says

The collective solidarity that inspired cross-border rescue and relief efforts in the aftermath of the May 2014 floods in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia must be matched by EU aid and funding, European Parliament President Martin Schulz said on July 14 at the opening of the EP’s July II session.

Many lives were lost in the floods, which forced the evacuation of 150 000 people in Croatia and washed away an entire quarter of the Bulgarian city of Varna. Agriculture and the regional economy would take many years to recover, Schulz said.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

EU should not pressure Western Balkans to choose between EU, Russia (Alexey Meshkov)

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexey Meshkov said in Dubrovnik on Saturday the European Union (EU) should not use Western Balkan countries' desire of joining the bloc to force them to choose between Europe and Russia.

Meshkov said at the 9th Croatia forum held in Croatian southern coast city Dubrovnik that the Western Balkan countries should not be asked to choose between Europe and Russia, the Croatian News Agency Hina reported.

The integration of the Western Balkans should not create a new demarcation line in Europe, he added.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Croatia "won't blackmail neighbors". - Merkel's arrival means that the EU wants to continue to expand in the Balkans.

BELGRADE -- Croatian President Ivo Josipović said that his country would not put obstacles on Serbia's path towards membership in the European Union....

Josipović also noted that participation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a meeting of Southeastern European countries, on July 15 in Dubrovnik, "shows support for EU enlargement."
In an interview with the Belgrade daily Večernje Novosti on the eve of the third meeting of the "Brdo-Brioni" process, where further enlargement of the European Union will be discussed, Josipović said that Merkel's arrival means that the EU wants to continue to expand in the Balkans.

Monday, June 30, 2014

EU welcomes all Western Balkan countries (Barroso)

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said here on Sunday the European Union (EU) is willing to receive all countries of the Western Balkans that wish to become members and promised it will "help Serbia to achieve its European goals".

After meeting Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, Barroso talked about progress of Serbia in the implementation of reforms necessary for it to become a member state.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Enlargement and Western Balkans what's next? (Štefan Füle)

European Commission, Western Balkans Conference Vienna 2014, Vienna, 3 June 2014:

Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy: "Ministers, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

Let me thank the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the invitation to speak to you today and for hosting this important event. 100 years ago, one of the greatest catastrophes Europe has ever seen was unleashed. Following the events in Sarajevo, the First World War took the lives of 17 million people.

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