Mogherini reassures Western Balkans
8 September, 2017
The EU remains firmly committed to the European integration of the Western Balkans, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini said on 4 September at the Bled Strategic Forum in Slovenia.
"The people of the Balkans are European" and they "deserve to benefit from the same opportunities, the same safeguards and rights as all other citizens of this continent," Mogherini said. She pointed out that the policy "to bridge differences and create spaces for cooperation" is the only way "to preserve and advance peace" while addressing the interests and needs of EU citizens. With this in mind, Mogherini welcomed the "new determination to address all the outstanding issues" found by the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo in the EU-facilitated Dialogue she hosted in Brussels a week ago. The first EU diplomat also stressed her personal engagement to the region, saying that by the end of the current Commission’s mandate she expects "practical and measurable progress for all our six partners in the Western Balkans."