Ursula von der Leyen for the Brdo summit: EU has shortcomings in the process of opening negotiations with Albania and RMV
European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen in a press statement after the end of the Summit in Brdo, Slovenia, pointed out the issues discussed, emphasizing that the focus was on the integration of the six countries of the Western Balkans.
Von Der Leyen says the EU needs to do more for the negotiation opening process as the Western Balkan countries have undertaken significant reforms and made progress.
She also added that the EU has shown shortcomings in the process of opening negotiations with Albania and the RMV, which needs to be clarified.
I would like to reflect on the Western Balkans summit. The message is very clear, we share the same story, we have the same interests and the same values. The EU is not complete without the Western Balkans, so we will continue to work to advance the EU enlargement process. Our goal is expansion. The economic plan is very important and is at the center of our engagement in the region. We have a big plan, with 30 billion euros for the region. We need a common regional market. Last week I traveled to 6 countries in the Western Balkans and discussed this issue. I felt the impatience of the peoples from the prolongation of the enlargement process, as their desire is to be part of the EU.
In terms of reforms, it is clear that our partners in the Western Balkans are undertaking important reforms, much progress has been made and it is visible. We must emphasize reforms, the fight against corruption, organized crime, media freedom and economic development.
But the EU also needs to do more. It has shown shortcomings in the process of opening negotiations with Albania and RMV. We need to move forward in this process, to clarify it. Intensive work is being done by the European Commission on key issues, which is also the bilateral issue between RMV and Bulgaria. I hope they solve this problem as soon as possible and move forward. We discussed the dialogue at the summit.
We also discussed the issue of the pandemic. We have donated a large amount of vaccines against the virus and will continue to be close partners in the years and decades to come. We also have the economic plan. This plan will affect all six Western Balkan countries. Above all and for the interconnection of roads.
We have prepared a summer act for the Western Balkans, we have a new agenda. The agreement between Kosovo and Serbia on license plates is worth mentioning as it is an agreement reached with the mediation of the EU. This is an example for the whole region. We showed our desire to find solutions, even in difficult situations like these. The situation was tense. It is clear, that our commitment to expansion is among our key elements to move forward.