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Good neighbours: EU relations with countries on its eastern borders

Good neighbours: EU relations with countries on its eastern borders

| June 15, 2020

The EU has supported its eastern neighbourhood and Western Balkans in coping with the COVID-19 outbreak, but is also considering future relations. Aerial view of Kiev, Ukraine. ©Goinyk/AdobeStock  The EU values good relations with other countries, especially those along its borders. Through a variety of initiatives from free trade agreements to partnerships, it seeks to […]

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#WesternBalkans – Supporting our partners in these difficult times

#WesternBalkans – Supporting our partners in these difficult times

On 6 May, EU leaders held a virtual Summit with their Western Balkan counterparts, where they reaffirmed their unequivocal support for the European perspective of the Western Balkans. The meeting was also an opportunity to demonstrate EU solidarity with the region in the current pandemic. “The Western Balkans belong in the EU. There is no […]

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Western Balkans’ leaders meeting: EU reinforces support to address #COVID-19 crisis and outlines proposal for post-pandemic recovery

Western Balkans’ leaders meeting: EU reinforces support to address #COVID-19 crisis and outlines proposal for post-pandemic recovery

The European Commission has announced more than €3.3 billion of EU financial support mobilized jointly with the European Investment Bank to the benefit of the Western Balkans’ citizens. This package aims to address the immediate health and resulting humanitarian needs of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as help with the social and economic recovery. In […]

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Western Balkans’ leaders meeting: EU reinforces support to address #Coronavirus crisis and outlines proposal for post-pandemic recovery

Western Balkans’ leaders meeting: EU reinforces support to address #Coronavirus crisis and outlines proposal for post-pandemic recovery

| April 29, 2020

The European Commission is announcing over €3.3 billion of EU financial support mobilized jointly with the European Investment Bank to the benefit of the Western Balkans’ citizens. This package aims to address the immediate health and resulting humanitarian needs of the coronavirus pandemic as well as help with the social and economic recovery. In addition […]

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#Coronavirus – EU mobilizes further help for Western Balkans

#Coronavirus – EU mobilizes further help for Western Balkans

| April 23, 2020

Following a request for assistance from Albania via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, Austria has offered gloves and hand disinfectant. The EU is co-ordinating and co-financing the delivery of the aid shipments to Albania. Crisis Management Commissioner Janez Lenarčič said: “I am glad to see further European solidarity […]

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High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell travels to #Kosovo and #Serbia for first visit to #WesternBalkans

High Representative/Vice President Josep Borrell travels to #Kosovo and #Serbia for first visit to #WesternBalkans

| January 30, 2020

High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission Josep Borrell (pictured) will travel to Kosovo on 30-31 January and to Serbia on 31 January-1 February. Ahead of the visit the High Representative/Vice President Borrell said: “I am looking forward to my first official visit to the Western Balkans which demonstrates our commitment to […]

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#Sassoli – ‘Let’s give new political momentum to the enlargement process’ 

#Sassoli – ‘Let’s give new political momentum to the enlargement process’ 

| January 28, 2020

At the invitation of European Parliament President David Sassoli (pictured), the speakers of the parliaments of the Western Balkans came together today in Brussels. It was the first Summit of this kind. They were joined by the speaker of the parliament of Croatia, which is holding the rotating Council Presidency.  Following the Summit, President Sassoli […]

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