European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen said ahead of the meeting that Western Balkan countries are a priority for the commission. She underlined the commitment to integrate the Western Balkan countries into the EU as soon as possible, saying it is in our interest to have the Western Balkans as close as possible to the EU.
Referring to the new accession methodology, Ms Von Der Leyen said, among other things, that she was creating a credible perspective for the Western Balkan countries, adding that we should also pave the way for the opening of negotiations on Albania and North Macedonia ahead of the Zagreb summit. . Ms von Der Leyen said that for the Zagreb Summit that we are preparing an investment package. As for Albania, we will have a donor conference which will raise funds for reconstruction.