The UK will host the Western Balkans Summit in London, the fifth summit convened under the Berlin Process. Besides the top officials from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, high ranking EU and international officials will also participate. The host will be the UK Prime minister, Theresa May.
The summit will focus on three aims:
– increasing economic stability with a view to improving the business environment, encouraging entrepreneurship, addressing youth unemployment, and promoting regional inter-connectivity;
– strengthening regional security co-operation to help tackle common threats, including corruption, serious and organised crime, trafficking of people, drugs and firearms, terrorism and violent extremism;
– facilitating political co-operation – to help the region resolve bilateral disputes and overcome legacy issues stemming from the conflicts of the 1990s and strengthen democracy and gender equality.
„The UK wants a strong, stable and prosperous Western Balkans region. By hosting the summit in London, we demonstrate our continued interest and involvement in the stability of the region beyond our exit from the EU“ – it is stated in the press release from the British Government.
The summit will be an opportunity for further advancing the EU perspective of the region – it is stated by the EU.
The High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the Commission Federica Mogherini, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, and Commissioner for the Security Union Julian King will be in London today and on Tuesday.
The summit will be the fifth to take place under the Berlin Process after Berlin (2014), Vienna (2015), Paris (2016) and Trieste (2017). The Berlin Process is a diplomatic initiative that Chancellor Angela Merkel launched in 2014. Each year it brings together the top officials from the Western Balkans, like-minded EU partners and representatives of the EU institutions to work together to support security, stability and prosperity in the region.
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