News archive - [Event Review] Western Balkans Summit in Poznań

Western Balkans Summit 2019: Heads of Government, Foreign Ministeres, Ministers of Economy and Interior from the Western Balkans, together with their counterparts from several EU Member States and high-level EU representatives met in Poznań on 4-5 July 2019  to strengthen regional cooperation between the Western Balkans partners, as well as between the region and the EU, and to further advance the European integration process of the Western Balkans.

The Poznan Summit builds on the previous Berlin, Vienna, Paris, Trieste and London Summits in the framework of the Berlin Process, as well as the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sofia of 2018. The Leaders agreed that the Berlin Process demonstrates their commitment to achieve a stable, secure and prosperous Western Balkans region. The Western Balkans are part of Europe: sharing the common values, the same history, the same geography, the same cultural heritage and a future defined by common opportunities and challenges. The Leaders unanimously reaffirmed their unequivocal support for the European perspective of the Western Balkans. In this context, the Polish government reiterates its conviction that the future of the entire region is in the European Union.

The Leaders of the Western Balkans, reconfirmed their commitment to strengthening the rule of law, fundamental rights and good governance in the region. They agreed on the importance of regional cooperation, good neighborly relations and reconciliation, which are essential for the region to progress on its European path. They also committed to overcoming current difficulties in the region in order to achieve substantial progress in areas such as regional economic integration and connectivity for the benefit of the citizens and economic operators.

The EU confirmed its commitment to strengthen cooperation with the region with a set of concrete measures.

The concrete measures discussed are focused on five key areas:

  • Strengthening transport and energy connectivity within the region and with the EU as a key factor for growth and jobs, bringing clear benefits to the region's and the EU's economies and citizens.
  • Boosting the digital transformation of the region in order to bring benefits such as faster economic growth, more jobs and better services.
  • Supporting socio-economic development, economic integration and green growth
  • Stepping up actions on security cooperation with reports on progress concerning shared security challenges.
  • Supporting regional cooperation and good neighborly relations which are at the heart of the countries' path to the EU.

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Entry created by Admin WBC-RTI.info on July 5, 2019
Modified on December 17, 2019