Sitemap

EU and U.S. Urge Western Balkans to Pursue EU Membership

CorD Recommends

Serbia Awards Distinctions to Notable Personalities on National Day

In a ceremonial tribute to Serbia's National...

Western Balkans Eye EU Membership by 2028

At the esteemed Munich Security Conference, a...

EIB Global Channels Record €1.2 Billion into Western Balkans

EIB Global, the European Investment Bank's arm...

Hydroelectric Development on Drina: Serbia, Srpska Sign Key Agreement

Serbia and the Republic of Srpska have taken a notable step in regional energy development by signing an agreement...

Pendarovski Seeks Reelection Amidst Broad Support

In a significant political development, Stevo Pendarovski, the President of North Macedonia, has announced his intention to run for...

31st Kopaonik Business Forum Kicks Off Amid Global Uncertainties

The prestigious Kopaonik Business Forum, now in its 31st year, commenced on the Serbian ski resort of Kopaonik, with...

From the Seized Tobacco, 7 Tons of the Highest Quality Organic Fertilizer Were Obtained

Over 5 tons of illegal cut tobacco, as much as 3.5 tons of leaf tobacco, 26,000 boxes of cigarettes,...

Balkan Borders Blur as Free Labor Movement Pact Launches

Marking a significant shift in the labor markets of Southeast Europe, Serbia, Albania, and North Macedonia have forged an...

During the EU-Western Balkans summit hosted by the “Friends of Europe” think tank in Brussels, Miroslav Lajčak, the EU’s Special Representative for Dialogue, emphasized the importance of EU membership as a unique chance for the Western Balkans. 

He noted progress in the region but also pointed out the persistent issue of corruption as a major concern.

Lajčak proposed that the region should break free from its current state of stagnation. He outlined two approaches to achieve this: Firstly, to extend opportunities to Ukraine and Moldova, as their positive momentum and commitment could serve as an example for the Balkans. Secondly, he believed that if one country in the region makes headway, it would likely inspire and mobilize the rest, due to the close observation amongst neighboring states.

Christopher Hill, the U.S. Ambassador to Serbia, also addressed the Summit. He confirmed U.S. support for incorporating the Western Balkans into the EU, asserting that, from the American viewpoint, joining the EU represents the sole path forward. Hill remarked on Serbia’s unique history and its challenges. He compared the nation’s historical burdens to winning a hypothetical ‘heavy history Olympics’ with a gold medal. He stressed the importance of these nations moving in the right direction with internal reforms and alignment with EU standards.

Read more...

Miroslav Lajčák, EU Special Representative For The Belgrade-Priština Dialogue

Maintaininig Optimism

It is true that we had intended to host the third formal high-level meeting between the two leaders in Brussels before the summer break...

H.E. Christopher Hill, U.S. Ambassador To Serbia

Dramatic Advancement

Our relationships with the government of Serbia are open and constructive as we tackle tough global problems together as partners, rather than adversaries. Just...

Hill emphasized the necessity for regional cooperation, stating that the specific name of the initiative, whether it’s the Open Balkans, the Berlin Process, or any other, is less important than the action itself. He referred to the historical example of the 1878 Berlin Congress, highlighting how countries once felt the need to align with greater powers, and how vital mutual cooperation and the establishment of collaborative patterns were, despite not being a natural course of action for them.

Related Articles

US Ambassador Hill Commends Serbia’s Role in Fostering Balkan Unity

In a compelling affirmation of Serbia's efforts towards regional cohesion, Christopher Hill, the US Ambassador to Serbia, praised the nation's initiative in spearheading the...

Balkan Borders Blur as Free Labor Movement Pact Launches

Marking a significant shift in the labor markets of Southeast Europe, Serbia, Albania, and North Macedonia have forged an essential agreement, coming into effect...

Southeast Europe Unites in Support for Ukraine at Tirana Summit

In a striking demonstration of unity from Tirana, Southeast European leaders, together with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenski, have collectively declared their support for Ukraine's...

European Banking Titans Surpass €100 Billion Profit Milestone Amid Rising Interest Rates

For the first time in history, Europe's banking behemoths have collectively breached the €100 billion profit ceiling, fueled by a significant uptick in interest...

Western Balkans Eye EU Membership by 2028

At the esteemed Munich Security Conference, a cornerstone event in global security discourse, leaders from North Macedonia, Albania, and Montenegro have passionately renewed their...

EIB Global Channels Record €1.2 Billion into Western Balkans

EIB Global, the European Investment Bank's arm for non-EU activities, has made a landmark investment of €1.2 billion in the Western Balkans for 2023,...

The EU and UNDP allocated 580,000 euros for civil society

The European Union and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have allocated funds for the implementation of 12 initiatives of civil society organizations (CSOs)...

American Chamber of Commerce in Serbia Elects New Board of Directors

The American Chamber of Commerce in Serbia (AmCham Serbia) has heralded a new chapter in its leadership, re-electing Stefan Lazarević as the Chairman of...