Brdo-Brijuni Process summit confirms readiness to cooperate, draw closer to EU

The presidents of eight Southeast European countries confirmed in Sarajevo on Sunday their willingness to continue with reforms required for the countries' integration with the EU, underlining that mutual problems and global crises that affected also that part of Europe could be solved by a closer cooperation. 

A joint statement by the presidents of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania reads that mutual trust, understanding and reconciliation should be strengthened as should the process of integration with the EU and NATO of the countries that wish to join them, that permanent dialogue should be ensured and that global challenges should be faced together.

"We will refrain unconditionally from any rhetoric or action that lead to regional tensions," Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency Chair Bakir Izetbegovic said, conveying at a news conference conclusions of the Brdo-Brijuni Process summit.

The presidents called for dealing together with the migrant crisis and underlined the need for cooperation on infrastructure projects, educational reforms, elimination of all forms of discrimination and strengthening of the economic cooperation.

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic strongly supported the continuation of EU enlargement to Southeast Europe, but also warned about a worrying slow down in that process.

Italian President Sergio Mattarella, who was a guest at the Sarajevo summit, said that his country wanted to nurture strong friendship with all Southeast European countries and support the EU's enlargement.

Italy is confident that the EU will not be complete until all Southeast European countries are included, he said.

Slovenian President Borut Pahor said that he believed that in the months to come the EU would be more preoccupied with itself than with the enlargement process, but that that must not jeopardise the process of reforms in the countries aspiring to join it.

Attending the Sarajevo summit were also Presidents Tomislav Nikolic of Serbia, Hashim Thaci of Kosovo, Gjorge Ivanov of Macedonia, Filip Vujanovic of Montenegro and Bujar Nishani of Albania.

The Brdo-Brijuni Process was launched by Slovenia and Croatia in 2013 with the aim of additionally stabilising Southeast Europe through regional cooperation and settlement of outstanding issues.

The next summit will be hosted by Macedonia.

Last update: Fri, 24/06/2016 - 08:49

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