EU Commission: strategy for western Balkans. Juncker, “Keep reforming for your future in the Union”

(Strasburg) “Investing in the stability and prosperity of the Western Balkans means investing in the security and future of our Union”: President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said those words about the strategy, “A credible enlargement perspective for and enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans”, presented at the European Parliament today. Juncker immediately specified: “Although there will be no further enlargements under this mandate, today the European Commission is charting the European path ahead for the Western Balkans. With strong political will, real and sustained reforms, and definitive solutions to disputes with neighbours, the Western Balkans can move forward on their respective European paths”. Reforms, peace and stability are the three words adopted by the EU to open doors to the six countries in the Western Balkans no earlier than 2025: Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. “Whether this is achieved will depend on their objective merits. The European Commission will be rigorous but it will also be fair. I will travel to each of the countries of the Western Balkans at the end of this month with a clear message: keep reforming and we will keep supporting your European future”.