Summit in Paris on Western Balkans to address migration, development

Migration, security, development and cooperation in view of the process to enlarge the European Union are set to dominate a summit to be held Monday in Paris.

Leaders from across Europe are scheduled to attend the third annual summit on the Western Balkans, part of a process that began in 2000 and is aimed at ultimately expanding the European Union to include countries like Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia.

This year's summit will include talks on cooperating on security and fighting extremism, as well as managing the cross-border travel of migrants and refugees.

Transport and energy projects and economic development are also on the agenda, and leaders are expected to sign an agreement to create a youth cooperation office between European Union countries and those in the Western Balkans.

French President Francois Hollande is due to host the meeting, attended by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini, as well as leaders from Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Austria.

Last update: Mon, 04/07/2016 - 16:01

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