The meeting was an opportunity to emphasise enhanced EU involvement in the Western Balkans countries in terms of both combating the COVID-19 pandemic with its negative socio-economic consequences and European aspirations of these countries. The EU leaders reaffirmed the readiness of the EU to strengthen its support for the political, economic, and social transformation of the Western Balkans.
The President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission, the President of the European Parliament, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and representatives of international financing institutions also participated in the video conference.
The EU leaders adopted the Zagreb declaration, with which the Western Balkans partners have aligned themselves.
Polish support for the Western Balkans
Poland provides active support for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, the Republic of North Macedonia, and Kosovo in their path to European integration, sharing the experience acquired during the period of accession negotiations. Last year, our country presided over the Berlin Process, which is an initiative supporting an integration of the Western Balkans with the European Union. The main event associated with Poland’s presidency was the Poznań summit held in July 2019. As part of the summit, over 100 events in Poland and the Western Balkans were organised, while Poland provided over EUR 1.5 million for infrastructure development in the region. Polish solidarity was also symbolised by the promised aid in the amount of EUR 2.7 million for the reconstruction of Albania following a devastating earthquake that struck the country last year. In addition, Poland intends to continue providing active support for the Western Balkans countries in their journey to European integration after the presidency of the Visegrad Group is taken over by Poland on 1 July.