Germany has not changed its stance about the European future of the Western Balkans, newly-appointed German Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Margret Uebber said in an interview for Banja Luka-based daily newspaper Nezavisne novine.
“We still believe that it would bring more stability to Europe, because the region is basically on our doorstep, and at the same time it would bring stability and development to those countries as well”, said Uebber.
“Germany advocated the beginning of negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania until the very end”, she said. “We understand why decision (not to set a date for the beginning of negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania) was met with disappointment here and as some sort of discouragement. I hope that countries will continue down the path (of European integration) and that they will not be disappointed, and Germany will give its best to make sure that the European path continues”.
The EU with 28 member states, according to German Ambassador, is not the same as it was when there were only six or seven members of the Union.
“The more members we have, the more challenging it is to accept new ones. We now have to think as to how to make this process sustainable and to mutual satisfaction. But no one has brought the very process in question”, said Uebber.
She explained that decision on how to simultaneously work on reform of the EU, and continue with the process of enlargement, had not been made yet.
Commenting on the fact that German national, Ursula von der Leyen, has been elected new President of the European Commission, Uebber reminded that Von der Leyen had already underlined the significance of the Western Balkans.
“Decision on who will be in charge of enlargement has not been made yet. This will all become clear in weeks to come, so one should not speculate as to what will happen”, concluded German Ambassador.