EC: Bringing Western Balkans closer to EU among 2018 priorities

BRUSSELS – The EU commissioners on Wednesday identified bringing the Western Balkans closer to the EU as one of the institutional priorities for 2018.

“In the first meeting of 2018, the College of Commissioners discussed the institutional priorities for this year, a year to deliver on the reform of the Economic and Monetary Union, secure the EU’s borders, overhaul the EU’s asylum system, get back to Schengen, complete the Digital Single Market, and bring the W. Balkans closer to the Union,” the EC said.

“89 priority files are currently on the table, 29 have already been delivered, and the College discussed how to ensure that the rest is finalised before May 2019. The orientation debate also included an overview of the major new proposals to be expected for 2018, which will feed into the Roadmap for a more united, stronger and more democratic Union,” it also said.