Participation of President Pendarovski in the debate “Is there a Western Balkans in the House? Mapping the Blueprint of the New European Security Architecture”

17 February 2024 | Press Releases

President Stevo Pendarovski, within the framework of the 60th Munich Security Conference, yesterday evening participated in the debate titled “Is there a Western Balkans in the House?” Mapping the Blueprint of the new European Security Architecture”, organized by the Center for Security Policy from Belgrade and the Center for Security Policy from Geneva.

In the discussion, President Pendarovski addressed the current situation in the region of the Western Balkans, the consequences in the context of the security developments in Europe caused by the Russian aggression against Ukraine, as well as the future of the region in relation to the upcoming challenges.

The President pointed out that in the interest of peace and stability in Europe, it is necessary to maintain cohesion in the Euro-Atlantic bloc and the process of enlargement of the European Union.

In that direction, the need for accelerated and smooth integration of the countries of the Western Balkans was reaffirmed, as a key factor not only for political processes and the reform agenda, but also for overall security, emphasizing that in times of multiplied crises and a shaky security architecture, important for stability of the Western Balkans is to have a greater European presence in the region.

In the context of security crises, opinions were exchanged on the most current world conflict in the Middle East, as well as on its global consequences.

The discussion was attended by Ambassador Rainer Rudolph, Vice-Chairman of the Munich Security Conference, Austrian Federal Minister for European Affairs, Karolina Edstadtler, Kiril Petkov, former Prime Minister of Bulgaria and current member of the Bulgarian Parliament, the United Kingdom’s Special Envoy for the Western Balkans, Lord Stewart Pitch, Albanian Minister of Defense Niko Peleschi, OSCE Secretary General Helga Schmidt, Stefano Sanino, Secretary General of the European External Action Service, French MP Benjamin Haddad, Daniela Schwarzer of the Bertelsmann Foundation, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council, Majlinda Bregu, Director of the Center for Security Policy from Geneva, Thomas Greminger, Aleksandar Chali, Associate of the Center for Security Policy from Geneva, Majda Ruge from the European Council on International Relations and Srdjan Cvijic from the Center for Security Policy from Belgrade.

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