The President of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, will visit Albania on September 28. The news was announced by EU Ambassador Luigi Soreca after the EC President announced the launch of a tour of the Western Balkans later this month.
"President Von der Leyen plans to visit Albania on September 28. I can't wait to welcome her!", writes Soreca.
In her annual address on the state of the European Union before the EU Parliament, Von der Leyen reiterated her support for the region's integration into the EU, saying it is an obligation for young people who believe in the European dream. According to the EC President, the EU and the Western Balkans will always be stronger together.
"Before the end of the month, I will travel to the region to send a strong signal of our commitment to the accession process. We owe it to all those young people. Before the end of the month, I will travel to the Balkans to convey the commitment. We owe this to the young people, who believe in the European future.We are increasing investment in the Western Balkans by about a third of the region's gross domestic product. Investing in the future of the Balkans is an investment for the EU, "she said.
The visit of the President of the EC to our country comes after the visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who underlined that the Western Balkans have many friends in Europe, urging the EU to speak on the integration of the Region. Von der Leyen's trip comes ahead of the EU-Western Balkans summit to be held on October 8th in Slovenia, where the focus will be on the enlargement process.