The European Commission welcomed the commitment of the Western Balkan leaders to further strengthen regional co-operation. At a summit in Sofia, state leaders agreed to create a common regional market and also to adopt green policies. "The region's positive response to the Economic and Investment Plan, the commitment to better connectivity and support for key initiatives - such as the creation of a common regional market, the launch of a Green Plan for the Western Balkans and further support for Roma integration - will help accelerate the post-pandemic recovery, promoting sustainable economic growth," the European Commission said in a statement.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on the eve of the summit that the Western Balkans is an absolute priority of the Commission and added that the future of the region is in the EU. "Our recently adopted Economic and Investment Plan will accelerate the economic development of the Western Balkans, strengthen ties with the EU, support the implementation of fundamental reforms and bring the region closer to the single market of the EU ", said von der Leyen. The Sofia Summit, held as part of the Berlin Process, was co-chaired by Bulgaria and North Macedonia.
In this summit, which took place online, Kosovo was represented by Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti, and was also attended by the leaders of the countries in the region: Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Albania. The summit was also attended by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and EU Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi.