Organized by the Slovenian Presidency of the Council in Brdo pri Kranju, the EU-Western Balkans summit brought together EU and Western Balkan leaders.
Charles Michel, President of the European Council, is chairing the summit, while the EU is being represented by President Michel and Ursula von der Leyen. Also present at this Summit are the Prime Minister Edi Rama and the Prime Minister of Kosovo Albin Kurti.
The summit is part of the EU's strategic engagement with the Western Balkans, in line with the Strategic Agenda 2019-2024. It follows the 2018 EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sofia and the 2020 EU-Western Balkans Summit in Zagreb, which was held via video conference.
"Today, we have the opportunity to have the Western Balkans Summit, which will be a chance for us to confirm the European perspective of the Western Balkans on the one hand, on the other hand it will also be an opportunity to make it clear that we are ready to mobilize a lot of money to invest in countries, but also to support reforms - economic reforms, the fight against corruption and reforms to improve governance. We want closer ties with those countries ", stated the President of the European Council Charles Michel in his speech on the eve of the start of the meeting at the table.
In a letter to Council, President Charles Michel on the EU-Western Balkans summit in Slovenia today, European Parliament President David Sassoli urged leaders to overcome the current stalemate and move forward with the accession process.
"This year's EU-Western Balkans summit could not have been more appropriate. Today, more than ever, the accession process of the Western Balkan countries needs a new and strong impetus. "It's the last time the current delays and blockages have been overcome," Sassoli wrote.