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Germany: 'Huge step towards the EU' - FM Baerbok at Western Balkan summit in Berlin03:03

Germany: 'Huge step towards the EU' - FM Baerbok at Western Balkan summit in Berlin

Germany, Berlin
October 21, 2022 at 18:37 GMT +00:00 · Published

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia have agreed on visa-free travelling, mutual recognition of university diplomas and professional qualifications - announced German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on Friday.

Speaking at a press conference following the Western Balkan Conference in Berlin, Baerbock called the agreements "a huge step for the common coexistence in the Western Balkans" as well as "a huge step towards the EU." The German top diplomat also added that accords would be signed by the leaders of the six Balkan states at the Berlin Process Summit on 3 November.

The western Balkan summit is part of The Berlin Process that launched in 2014 and aims to strengthen regional integration in the Western Balkans. It is also intended to speed up the process of integrating the entire region into the EU.

In addition to the six Western Balkan countries, the EU, the Czech EU Council Presidency, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Great Britain, Italy, Croatia, Austria, Poland and Slovenia also took part in the meeting on the premises of the Federal Foreign Ministry on October 21.

A series of high-level meetings, including gatherings of Interior Economy and Energy ministers, will conclude with a summit hosted by Chancellor Olaf Scholz on November 3rd.

Germany: 'Huge step towards the EU' - FM Baerbok at Western Balkan summit in Berlin03:03
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Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia have agreed on visa-free travelling, mutual recognition of university diplomas and professional qualifications - announced German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock on Friday.

Speaking at a press conference following the Western Balkan Conference in Berlin, Baerbock called the agreements "a huge step for the common coexistence in the Western Balkans" as well as "a huge step towards the EU." The German top diplomat also added that accords would be signed by the leaders of the six Balkan states at the Berlin Process Summit on 3 November.

The western Balkan summit is part of The Berlin Process that launched in 2014 and aims to strengthen regional integration in the Western Balkans. It is also intended to speed up the process of integrating the entire region into the EU.

In addition to the six Western Balkan countries, the EU, the Czech EU Council Presidency, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Great Britain, Italy, Croatia, Austria, Poland and Slovenia also took part in the meeting on the premises of the Federal Foreign Ministry on October 21.

A series of high-level meetings, including gatherings of Interior Economy and Energy ministers, will conclude with a summit hosted by Chancellor Olaf Scholz on November 3rd.