ANA-MPA: PM: Greece becoming a leader in the Balkans11 July 2018 | 14:14 | FOCUS News Agency
"The period we went through was exceptionally difficult for the Balkans," said the prime minister, highlighting that in 2014 Jean-Claude Juncker, head of the European Commission, had announced a freeze on the EU's enlargement process.
"Beyond the economic crisis, Europe experienced the worst refugees crisis in post war history, which focused on the area. As part of this, there were those that sought a Grexit, that wanted to reduce or do away with the Schengen agreement, the end of the EU enlargement and the one sided shutting down of the Balkan corridor. We experienced a horrendous coup attempt in Turkey and crises in Albania and FYROM," he said.
"Things are changing. With the Prespes agreement, the agreement between Bulgaria-FYROM, with the attempt to solve issues between Greece-Albania, with the successful Bulgarian presidency of the EU presidency and the revitalization of the Thessaloniki agenda for the enlargement of the EU," he added.
After the completion of the summit, the premier said that Greece is acquiring weight in the region that can guarantee the European prospects of the countries in the western Balkans, security, peace and stability.
"Today, Greece is returning. Today, Greece is coming out of the crisis and acquiring a leadership role in the Balkans," Tsipras told reporters.
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