Strategic importance and perspective of accepting the countries of the region at the center of tomorrow’s discussions at the Extraordinary European Union-Western Balkans Summit
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is in Slovenia to attend the informal European Council meeting and tomorrow’s EU-Western Balkans Summit.
In a statement to the media regarding enlargement, he said that time is running out and if the European Union is absent from the Western Balkans there is no doubt that others will rush to fill the gap.
“At the Extraordinary European Union – Western Balkans Summit, we will have the opportunity to discuss the European perspective of our neighbors in the Western Balkans. Eighteen years after the Thessaloniki Summit, which for the first time opened the European door to the countries of the Western Balkans, it is time to make clear commitments regarding the Western Balkans. Time is running out and if the European Union is absent from this region there is no doubt that others will rush to fill the gap. Tonight we will have the opportunity to discuss comprehensive issues related to world foreign policy. It will be an opportunity for me to inform our partners about the very important strategic alliance, the cooperation agreement we have signed with France. And to reiterate the need to accelerate the debate on European strategic autonomy. Europe must finally be able to at least begin the path of aligning its economic power with its geopolitical power. “I hope that today we will have the opportunity to have this discussion in detail,” he said.
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