“The Committee on Foreign Affairs of the European Parliament (AFET) had the Interparliamentary Committee Meeting with representatives from the National Parliaments of the Western Balkans today, where they have discussed the perspectives of EU integration and the accession process of the Western Balkans. The meeting was chaired by David McAllister.

Director General for Enlargement at the European Commission Christian Danielsson, stated that the clear prospect of teh EU membership is not a one-way street.

“In order to bring it into reality, great responsibility lies with the countries of the Western Balkans,” Danielsson said.

Borjana Kristo, member of the Parliamentary Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina said that her country will have to work very hard in order to implement all the suggestions made in the Report for BiH.

Member of the Assembly of Kosovo, Memli Krasniqi, said that for Kosovo, the EU agenda is the key and even though the government is changed, the commitment of the EU agenda has not changed.

Member of the Macedonia’s Assembly, Artan Grubi, stated that the position and the opposition in Macedonia remain committed to becoming a full-fledged member of the EU and NATO. Grubi stated that it is important for Macedonia to have good neighbourly relations with the countries of the region.
In that sense, Macedonia will soon ratify the agreement of good neighbourly relations with Bulgaria, he said.

Member of the Parliament of Montenegro, Andrija Vuksanovic stated that Montenegro hopes that it will become a member of the EU even before 2025, since recent Junker’s announcement for the successful accession of Serbia and Montenegro.

Member of Serbian Parliament, Milorad Mijatovic, stated that Serbia, as well as other countries of the region, takes part in improving the regional cooperation.

Eduard Kukan, Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Serbia Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee, explained that he does not want to disseminate obligatory optimism, but that he hopes that the enlargement process is gaining a new momentum.

Miro Kovac, the President of Committee on Foreign Affairs of Croatian Parliament agreed with this statement, saying that the Junker’s Strategy is encouraging.

‘The Western Balkan is a stomach of our continent. It is not acceptable that the foreign powers have more influence on the region than the EU, said Kovac.” (European Western Balkans)