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  • 11 October 2017

    “Poland supports the EU membership efforts of Western Balkan states. The European integration process by South East European states helps strengthen the security and progress of the whole continent,” Minister Witold Waszczykowski said in Budapest.

    On Wednesday 11 October, Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski took part in a meeting of foreign ministers of the Visegrad Group states in a V4+ formula with the participation of top diplomats from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo, and Serbia. The foreign ministers of Bulgaria and Romania along with representatives of Croatia, Slovenia and the Estonian presidency of the Council of the EU were the meeting’s special guests.   

     

    The talks focused on the Western Balkans’ European prospects and the challenges to regional security such as terrorism, organised crime, radicalisation, and illegal migration. “The challenges posed by illegal migration, organised crime, radicalisation, terrorism, and hybrid threats know no borders – it is essential that the EU, its Member States and the Western Balkan region cooperate to tackle those challenges,” argued Minister Waszczykowski during the meeting. He went on to say that Central and South East European states should cooperate also on economic matters – specifically to build common transport and energy infrastructure. Once the Balkan states enter the EU, there should be no development gap between them and the rest of the EU.

     

     

    “Poland has supported Western Balkan states in their bid for EU membership for many years. It has shared with them its experience and good practices from the EU accession process,” said Poland’s top diplomat. “We have come forward with initiatives such as the Skopje and Belgrade conferences and the Academy of Enlargement, which brings together officials from all countries of the Western Balkan region,” he added. Minister Witold Waszczykowski said that he hoped that the EU-West Balkan summit scheduled to take place in Bulgaria next May will accelerate the region’s European integration process. Bulgaria, set to hold the Council of the EU presidency in the first half of next year, has put the Western Balkan region on its top priority list.

     

    During their meeting in Budapest, the foreign ministers were offered a presentation on the newly created Western Balkans Fund with its seat in Tirana.

     

    Poland’s top diplomat underlined Poland’s support for the reconciliation processes that take place in the region. “Poland shares with the Balkan states its experiences of the reconciliation process with Germany. Right now a Polish-German seminar “Reconciliation and Memory” is going on in Lower Silesia’s Krzyzowa village, bringing together youth from all the six Western Balkan countries,” he recalled.  

      

    MFA Press Office

     

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