[ Director: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano X

sexta-feira, 10 de março de 2017

EU to recommit support to Balkan candidate countries





The EU is set to reconfirm its support for its Balkan candidates.
[Dennis Jarvis/ Flickr]


The leaders will make the promise at a summit dinner in Brussels in a reflection of the alarm in European capitals that the bloc’s plan to transform six Western Balkan states into thriving market democracies is at risk of collapse.

In a joint statement, the leaders will reaffirm the “unequivocal support for the European perspective of the Western Balkans”, according to a draft seen by Reuters.

Though the statement will not mention any country by name, it amounts to a commitment to the long-term EU membership aspirations of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and Serbia.

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 Hahn: EU 'will never be complete' without Western Balkan countries

Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn has praised the progress made by the Western Balkans in getting ready for EU membership and said that the bloc will “never be complete” without them.


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Still scarred by wars fought in the 1990s along political, ethnic and religious lines, the Balkan countries are at various stages of reforms aimed at paving the way for membership.

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