Participants in the Brdo-Brioni Process adopted a Declaration confirming the importance of good co-operation and good neighborly relations in the Western Balkans. They also call on the European Union to speed up the accession of all Western Balkan countries to its community.
“The Brdo-Brioni process has raised awareness among EU member states and institutions about the importance of faster enlargement in the Western Balkan countries.” “The need to use the recovery from the effects of the pandemic as an opportunity for a green and digital transition that will lead to sustainable development, providing opportunities for the younger generations,” the statement said.
They welcomed the adoption of the EU Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans from October 2020 and the fact that it was accompanied by significant financial resources.
“As part of Europe, the Western Balkans have the right and responsibility to keep pace with the development of the EU member as much as possible. We, the leaders of the Brdo-Brioni Process, are committed to a common vision of Europe, whole, free and at peace. “We underline our commitment to peace and stability, including good neighborly relations,” the leaders said.
They show that “the Western Balkans is part of Europe and the unification of Europe is not over without the Western Balkans. With EU membership, “borders between member states become less important and this allows for a wider space for the coexistence of pluralism and national identities”.
“We reaffirm the need to take into account those missing during the conflict in the former Yugoslavia and the need to investigate the circumstances in which they disappeared, to bring their attackers to justice, which will contribute to reconciliation, peace and stability. , “said the statement.
It states: “EU enlargement in the Western Balkans region is of political, security and economic interest to the EU, a geopolitical need and the most important political precondition for a sustainable, prosperous and sustainable future for Europe. .
“The EU should be more actively involved in the Western Balkans and encourage countries to meet the conditions for membership as soon as possible. Each partner is aware that it must adopt and implement the necessary reforms, especially in the areas of law, democratization and the economy. “The EU has enough capacity to accept the Western Balkans as new members,” the leaders said.
They stressed “the importance of the visa-free regime for Pristina and called on the EU to open and end negotiations with Albania and Northern Macedonia on EU accession as soon as possible.”
At the end of the Declaration, Slovenia’s intention to hold the EU-Western Balkans Summit during its EU presidency was welcomed.