Slovenia and the Czech Republic are expected to propose to EU member states to offer the region the prospect of Schengen membership to Balkan states before they become politically part of the European family.
Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš stated that the enlargement of the European Union to include the countries of the Western Balkans is a complex process that will take a long time, but until then we will remove the borders between them and with the EU, stated the .
"Why are we not talking about Schengen?" The enlargement of Schengen is much easier than the enlargement of the European Union. For the sake of Europe's security, we must also include the Western Balkan countries in Schengen if they meet the conditions. Serbia must come first, as it is on the path of illegal migration and is actively fighting against illegal refugees", he said.
According to Babiš, the expansion of the Schengen Area would significantly help stop illegal migration. The Prime Minister also reiterated that in addition to EU member states, Croatia, Bulgaria and Romania, Serbia should also be admitted to the Schengen Area.
Babiš stated that the current system is not working. When asked if he had to choose between state borders and Schengen, he replied that he would choose state borders. "Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša has promised to propose this as a topic for discussion at the next informal European Council meeting on 6 October," Babiš added.
Slovenia currently holds the presidency of the EU Council, and its priority is EU enlargement to include the Western Balkans.