Western Balkans: High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell revives tradition of informal exchanges with regional leaders

High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell hosted an informal dinner with the six leaders of the Western Balkans on the future of the region and the main challenges it is facing. Commissioner for Enlargement Oliver Várhelyi also participated in the meeting.

In an open and frank atmosphere, the High Representative and the Western Balkans leaders had a strategic reflection together on ways to accelerate reforms to deliver on citizens’ expectations on EU integration, as well as approaches for reinforcing positive and constructive narratives in and about the region. They agreed that the EU integration of the Western Balkans is a key strategic objective in the shared interest of the European Union and of the region.

Leaders confirmed their strong commitment to regional cooperation and agreed to continue to address global challenges, such as the Covid-19 pandemic.

In hosting this informal meeting, High Representative Borrell is reviving the tradition of informal meetings with Western Balkans leaders. These meetings will continue in the future.