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Mogherini: 2018 to be crucial year for Balkans

Federica Mogherini; Photo: European Union

BRUSSELS – EU foreign policy and security chief Federica Mogherini believes 2018 will be a crucial year for the Balkans.

Outlining 12 special moments in 2017 that she wants to bring with her in 2018, Mogherini wrote on her blog that “it was not an easy year in the Balkans.”

“I visited the six capitals of the region in one of the most difficult moments – in some cases, a moment of deep political crisis. Today, thanks to bold decisions and to some great work we did together, those crises have been addressed and mostly solved,” she noted.

“The path towards reforms has restarted (although there is still much work to do) and the compass of European integration is showing the way. 2018 will be a crucial year, to consolidate and make this path irreversible. It would be an important result not only for the region, but for the whole of Europe”, Mogherini wrote.

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