The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and the Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi, attended the Western Balkans Summit in the framework of ‘Berlin Process’.
The summit brought together for the eighth time the Heads of Government from the Western Balkans and their counterparts from nine EU Member States, high-level representatives of the EU and the United Kingdom, to advance their regional co-operation and the European integration agenda. The virtual meeting was organized by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
During the Summit, the Commission reaffirmed its commitment to cooperation and support for the region in its post-pandemic recovery through the Economic and Investment Plan, focusing on green and digital transition investments, smart mobility links, sustainable energy, digital infrastructure and business sector development and human capital, including youth. The Commission also called for further progress in the region's economic integration to reap the full benefits of the planned investments.
The President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, in her opening speech, said that our first priority is to accelerate the enlargement agenda throughout the region and to support the partners of the Western Balkans.
‘Our first priority is to accelerate the enlargement agenda throughout the region and to support our Western Balkan partners in their work to carry out the necessary reforms to advance in their European path. But our engagement with the Western Balkans goes beyond that, and the Berlin Process has served as an incubator for many initiatives that have now become an integral part of EU policy towards the region. Together we have set the course for a more sustainable, digital and resilient Europe," said Ursula von der Leyen.