“During its Presidency of the European Union in the first six months of 2020, Croatia wants to organise a summit attended by the EU and the six Western Balkan countries to put the focus back on EU enlargement, Croatia’s Foreign Minister, Marija Pejcinovic-Buric, said on Wednesday.

EU leaders are meeting with leaders of Western Balkan countries in Bulgaria’s capital Sofia on Thursday, which will be the first such meeting since the Thessaloniki summit in June 2003. Although enlargement of the bloc has been put on the back-burner because of the difficulties faced by the EU in recent years – and there is still no appetite for admitting new members in the foreseeable future – Bulgaria, which currently holds Presidency of the EU, has decided to put the issue back on the agenda.

‘Putting the focus back on Southeast Europe, on the six countries that are still not members of the European bloc, is already a big step forward, and Croatia advocates the same approach. We would like to organise Zagreb Summit 2 and we would like it to be an enlargement summit, to reinforce the message of putting the focus back on countries in our neighbourhood,’ Pejcinovic-Buric said in an interview with Croatian public radio.” (N1)