President Stevo Pendarovski, during his participation in the 54th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, addressed yesterday evening the “Diplomatic Dialogue for the Western Balkans” session.
The debate focused on the prospects for enlargement of the European Union with the countries of the Western Balkans in the wider geopolitical and security context, their readiness to implement the reforms, the expectations from the European elections, the improvement of the economic integration of the region and its growth.
President Pendarovski reaffirmed the need for accelerated integration of the Western Balkan countries, which will positively affect security, overall political processes and the reform agenda, as well as Euro-optimism in the region.
According to him, the prospect of membership in the European Union is not only needed to strengthen the economy, promote trade and improve living standards, but also requires political integration in the EU institutions, which will contribute to democratic development, strengthening of institutions, the rule of law and free media.
President Pendarovski emphasized that in times of multiple crises, it is important for the stability of the Western Balkans to have a greater European presence in the region.
Among the session speakers were Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, Alexander Schallenberg, Federal Minister of European and International Affairs of Austria, Dmytro Kuleba, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Aleksandar Vucic, President of Serbia, Andrej Plenkovic, Prime Minister of Croatia, Milojko Spajic, Prime Minister of Montenegro, Albin Kurti, Prime Minister of Kosovo, Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia, Dorin Recean, Prime Minister of Moldova, and Miroslav Lajcak, EU Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina dialogue and the Western Balkans.