Brdo-Brijuni Summit on Western Balkans starts

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In addition to the presidents of Croatia and Slovenia, Zoran Milanović and Borut Pahor respectively, Albanian President Ilir Meta, Montenegro’s Milo Đukanović, North Macedonia’s Stevo Pendarovski, Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vučić, Kosovo’s Vjosa Osmani, and the three members of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency – Milorad Dodik, Šefik Džaferović, and Željko Komšić – are attending the meeting.

The Brdo-Brijuni initiative was launched in 2010 by Slovenia and Croatia to strengthen regional trust and cooperation and encourage the EU membership aspirants to continue the necessary reforms to join the European Union.

Ahead of the plenary session, President Zoran Milanović met for bilateral talks with Kosovo President Osmani and North Macedonia’s President Pendarovski.

Milanović and Pahor met on Sunday, saying that they expected today’s summit to make a big step toward bringing the region closer to the EU.

Slovenia will chair the Council of the EU in the second half of this year when it intends to boost the region’s faster integration as one of its presidency priorities, with Pahor saying that this was just as important for the EU as a whole for geopolitical reasons.

Slovenia is advocating a faster EU accession of Western Balkan countries “in a package,” despite them being in different positions regarding the phase of their accession process.

One of the important achievements of the Brdo-Brijuni initiative so far is communication between leaders, considering that ten years ago, it had not existed.

“We are here to help our neighbors in the Western Balkans join the EU as soon and as simply as possible,” Milanović said on Sunday after meeting with Pahor.

In addition to the plenary session, the presidents are expected to conduct bilateral meetings and issue a joint statement expressing their strong commitment to the EU enlargement process towards the southeast neighbors.

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