News archive - Spanish EU Presidency Supports Continued Process of Integration of the Western Balkans

The Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union has published its programme for January to June 2010. Among others, it promisses to work to move ahead in the development of the European Research Area (ERA) and to support further integration of the Western Balkans as a continued process.

The pogramme states that "the Spanish Presidency will firmly support the continuity of the EU enlargement process, according to the renewed consensus defined by the European Council in December 2006. Croatia’s accession negotiations will be particularly intensified for a prompt conclusion, the negotiations with Turkey will continue at a suitable pace, and the possible initiation of negotiations with Iceland will also be addressed. The integration prospect of other countries from the Western Balkans will be considered as well".

Furthermore, the Spanish presidency plans to "continue working for the stabilisation and consolidation of the EU
perspective on the Western Balkans, using all the instruments available to that end, particularly, the Stabilisation
and Association Process. Within this framework, the continued process of integration of Albania, Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina will be supported. On occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Zagreb Summit, a ministerial meeting will be proposed to analyse the progress made in the Stabilisation and Association Process and to forward the European region perspective."

Geographical focus
  • Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Croatia
  • Kosovo*
  • Montenegro
  • Republic of North Macedonia
  • Serbia

Entry created by Katarina Rohsmann on February 1, 2010
Modified on February 1, 2010