Originally scheduled in Zagreb, the EU-Western Balkans summit will take place on May 6th via video conference due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The European Union is the main partner of the Western Balkans region and the unique character of the relations it unites will be emphasized during the video conference.
The European Union and the Western Balkans are united in the fight against COVID-19.
The summit will be an opportunity to highlight solidarity and mutual cooperation in these times of crisis.
Partners in the region have contributed to help EU member states, while the latter has mobilized more than 3.3 billion euros to help the Western Balkans cope with the new coronavirus crisis.
The leaders will reaffirm, among other things, the European perspective of the Western Balkans as well as the commitment of the region's partners to respect European values and principles.
During the first informal meeting with Western Balkan partners, held in Brussels on 16 February 2020, President Michel underlined the EU 's commitment to the region.
The leaders will have an exchange of views on the new phase of close cooperation in terms of socio-economic consequences as a result of the crisis from COVID-19, on the importance of regional cooperation and on how to best respond to challenges in terms of belongs to security.
The EU-Western Balkans summit will be attended by the presidents and prime ministers of the EU member states, the leaders of the six countries of the Western Balkans, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, the Republic of Northern Macedonia and Kosovo.
European Council President Charles Michel will chair the meeting. He will represent the EU alongside European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
The summit will also be attended by the Prime Minister of Croatia, Andrej Plenkovic, who currently holds the presidency of the Council, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, the President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, as well as representatives of the Bank European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the World Bank, the European Investment Bank and the Regional Cooperation Council.
At the end of the meeting, a press conference will be held with President Michel, President Von Der Leyen and Prime Minister Plenkovic. / ATA