Nishani: Western Balkans should be high on EU agenda

Presidents Grabar-Kitarović, Nishani, Pahor; Photo: Tanjug/Tanja Vilić

ata_maliKRANJ – President of Albania Bujar Nishani attended on Saturday the regular Meeting of the Brdo-Brijuni Process Leaders, at the invitation and under the auspices of Slovenian President Barut Pahor and President of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitoarović, ATA reports.
Participating in this meeting, in addition to presidents of Montenegro, Macedonia, Serbia, Kosovo and Co-Chair of the Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina, was Federal President of the Republic of Germany, Frank-Ëalter Steimeier, as a guest of honor.

The Leaders of the Brdo-Brijuni Process approved with full consensus the summit conclusions at the core of which was the need for further strengthening of regional cooperation and avoidance of nationalistic and inflammatory rhetoric. Furthermore, they ask the EU and member countries to assess the current framework of adherence to the EU and give a clear perspective on EU accession. In his speech, Nishani dwelt on the latest developments in the region and the European and international policymaking architecture saying: We need to realistically assess what poses risks for us , what lies in our will and power to act and what sort of assistance we ask.

As far as Albania is concerned, Nishani said: “We have the will and unshakeable determination to walk down the European and Euro-Atlantic path. While our relation with NATO has been consolidated, our relation with the EU is in the process. And in this process we are bound by two fundamental elements: the sentiment and contract.”
According to him, the Western Balkans should be high on the EU agenda, when it comes to political, economic and social commitment.

Albania wants to cohabitate and witness a region that lives in peace, develops and integrates with the European and Euro-Atlantic family but also with itself. We support all the efforts towards this direction. We are part of a region that is not ready yet to confront its past, but is totally capable to face its future and decide on its future. I am convinced that the shared aspiration for EU enlargement towards the Western Balkans is the engine of development, peace, security and stability for us, for the present and the shared future,” Nishani concluded his speech.