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Ognian Zlatev, EC Representation in Bulgaria: The EU-Western Balkans summit was successful

Ognian Zlatev, EC Representation in Bulgaria: The EU-Western Balkans summit was successful

18 May 2018 | 12:08 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia was successful and achieved its goals, Head of the European Commission Representation in Bulgaria Ognian Zlatev told TV Evropa this morning. “For the first time since the meeting in Thessaloniki in 2003, we have a clear message, a signal to the Western Balkan countries about their European perspective. There is unanimous support, the declaration was supported by all 28 EU member states,” Ognian Zlatev stressed. He added that now was the right moment to work more actively for European integration.
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Prof. Antony Galabov: The key message from the EU-Western Balkans summit is deepening the integration processes and promoting reforms

Prof. Antony Galabov: The key message from the EU-Western Balkans summit is deepening the integration processes and promoting reforms

18 May 2018 | 11:11 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Deepening the integration processes and promotion of reforms is the key message from the EU-Western Balkans summit held in Sofia yesterday, political scientist Prof. Antony Galabov told Focus Radio. According to him, as much as possible was achieved at the forum. “We have a horizon. Most importantly for the citizens of those countries, commitments related to project financing, to building transport and digital connectivity. We also have the important first steps on the energy system and the connection of the countries in the region to the existing EU energy infrastructure,” he said. The timeframe for accession of the countries and the proposed projects are a sufficient basis to draw a clear plan. Each country’s preparedness to join the union will be assessed as to 2025, Galabov said.
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Donald Tusk, European Council: The EU-Western Balkans summit was a success

Donald Tusk, European Council: The EU-Western Balkans summit was a success

17 May 2018 | 16:40 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The EU-Western Balkans summit was a success, European Council President Donald Tusk told a press conference after the meeting, Focus News Agency reports. “The EU is and will continue to be the most successful partner to the entire Western Balkan region. We discussed how to improve links – economic, digital, infrastructural – with the region,” Tusk said. The leaders have agreed to double the funds for Erasmus+ and reduce roaming charges. “The connectivity programme is not an alternative or substitute to enlargement. It is the way to use more effectively the time between now and tomorrow. I see no future for the Western Balkans other than the European. There is no alternative,” he said. The leaders have also agreed that the EU will step up innovation in a response to technological challenges. “All of this will be based on our European values,” Donald Tusk added.
“As for the nuclear deal with Iran, we will keep it as long as Iran fulfils the terms. On trade with the US, we have achieved a unified approach,” the European Council president said. The EU wants an indefinite exemption from the sanctions imposed on the companies operating in Iran, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the media after the meeting.
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Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev: Macedonia-Greece friendship is growing stronger, I hope that by the end of Bulgaria’s EU presidency we will have a solution to the name dispute

Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev: Macedonia-Greece friendship is growing stronger, I hope that by the end of Bulgaria’s EU presidency we will have a solution to the name dispute

17 May 2018 | 14:55 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. From today, the friendship between Macedonia and Greece is even stronger, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev told a press conference in Sofia. He hopes that the countries will have a solution to the dispute over Macedonia’s name by the end of the Bulgarian EU presidency, Focus News Agency reports. “At today’s meeting with Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, a friend of Macedonia, we have agreed on the progress we have made in finding a solution about the name of our country. With Alexis Tsipras, we are looking for opportunities for creative solutions, proposed by Macedonian representatives in the final phase of the negotiations,” Zaev said. A potential solution was identified during the meeting and will be discussed within the countries.
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Antonio Tajani, EP: The Western Balkans are Europe, but if these countries want EU membership, they have to respect our rules

Antonio Tajani, EP: The Western Balkans are Europe, but if these countries want EU membership, they have to respect our rules

17 May 2018 | 13:52 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Western Balkans are Europe, but if these countries want to be full members of the EU, they have to respect our rules, European Parliament President Antonio Tajani told a press conference at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Focus News Agency reports. “I have mentioned Serbia and Montenegro, which have already started this process, but this also applies to Macedonia and other countries. We do not stand as an obstacle, we help them move in the European direction,” Tajani said. He stressed on issues like corruption, media freedom and EU principles, adding that all countries must follow the rules in that respect. Asked about media freedom in Montenegro, he said that media freedom must be strengthened. “For the recent case in Montenegro, it is important to send a strong message that media freedom is one of the most important things in our dialogue,” EP President Tajani added. He also said that during the meeting he proposed a package of EUR 10 billion for the growth of the Western Balkan countries, including roads and digital infrastructure.
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Summit between EU and Western Balkan leaders starts

Summit between EU and Western Balkan leaders starts

17 May 2018 | 11:52 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The EU-Western Balkans summit, the biggest event within the Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the EU, has begun, Focus News Agency reported. Prime Minister Boyko Borissov hosts the meeting, which is in line with the EU presidency’s main priority – European perspective and connectivity of the Western Balkans.
The prime minister officially welcomed the heads of state and government. European Council President Donald Tusk, who will chair the summit, will represent the European Union together with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The forum will also be attended by High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn and European Parliament President Antonio Tajani.
The main topic of the discussions is connectivity in terms of transport, energy, digital infrastructure, education, etc. The aim is to improve connections both between the Western Balkans and the EU and between the countries in the region.
After the plenary sessions, at 15.00 Boyko Borissov, Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker will hold a press conference.
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