European Council: EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sofia expected to focus on reaffirming European perspective of region


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The region of Western Balkans was among the issues on the agenda of the first day of the spring European Council’s meeting on Thursday, March 22 in Brussels. 

Statement published on the official page of the European Council reads that although the spring European Council focused on economic affairs, “heads of state or government also looked at a number of other pressing issues, including taxation, the Western Balkans, Turkey and the Salisbury attack”.

The official press release reads that “against the background of the Commission Communication of February 6, 2018, the European Council looks forward to the EU-Western Balkans Summit to be held in Sofia on May 17, 2018, which is expected to focus on reaffirming the European perspective of the region, launching concrete and visible initiatives to improve the physical and human connectivity within the region and with the EU, and addressing how to better engage together on shared challenges such as security and migration”.

Furthermore, the European Council “confirms that enlargement will be addressed by the Council in June”.