“Prime Minister Miro Cerar met EU Council President Donald Tusk in Ljubljana on Sunday at the start of Tusk’s two-day working visit to the country. Addressing the press after the talks, the pair stressed the importance of the European perspective for Western Balkan countries. Tusk praised Slovenia as a success story.

According to Cerar, now is the time for EU countries to decide together whether Western Balkan countries should be fully integrated in the EU and Euro-Atlantic alliances or left aside to find their own path. He firmly believes the former is the best solution.

Tusk agreed that the upcoming EU summit featuring Western Balkan leaders must reaffirm the European perspective for the region.

At the same time, mutual relations, digital and infrastructural connections between the EU and Western Balkan countries and within the countries in the region must be improved, Tusk stressed.

The EU must also strive to boost cooperation in other fields of mutual interest such as migrations and security. ‘Security in the Balkans means security in Europe,’ he said.” (Slovenia Times)