Mogherini kickstarts Western Balkans tour

New Europe / Alexandros Michailidis

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini, gives a press briefing at the end of the read-out of College meeting about the European Defence Action Plan in Brussels on Nov. 30 2016.

High Representative/Vice President Mogherini leaves Brussels for four days of extensive meetings throughout the Western Balkans.


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While EU executive arm chief Jean-Claude Juncker finalised the Commission’s White Paper on the future of the EU-27, work for Commissioners doesn’t stop.

EU’s External Affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, has already started her visits to the Western Balkans, starting from Wednesday 1 March to Saturday 4.

Ahead of her departure from Brussels, Mogherini said that for the EU, the Western Balkans, “a region in the heart of Europe”, is of really high priority.

“Regional cooperation and good neighbourly relations remain essential in this context,” added Mogherini. “I work to see every single one of the Western Balkan partners move forward on the reform path, towards the European Union, to ensure the process is irreversible.”

Mogherini’s points in the map include Podgorica, Montenegro, where she will meet with President Vujanović, Prime Minister Marković and Speaker of the Parliament Brajović, and she will address the Parliament of Montenegro.

On Thursday 2 March, Mogherini will travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital Sarajevo, where she will meet with the members of the Presidency Ivanić, Čović and Izetbegović, the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Denis Zvizdić, and she will address students of the University of Sarajevo. Skopje is also going to be on the menu for Thursday, as the High Representative is visiting President Ivanov, political leaders in the Parliament, and Erasmus students.

Friday will find Mogherini in Belgrade, Serbia, where she will meet with President Nikolić, Prime Minister Vučić, Speaker of the National Assembly Gojković, members of civil society and opposition, and she will address the National Assembly of Serbia.

Albania is also on the plan for Friday, where Mogherini is expected to meet with President Nishami, Prime Minister Edi Rama, representatives of Parliamentary parties, and additionally also address the University of Tirana students.

Finally, on Saturday 4 March, Mogherini will travel to Mitrovica Pristina, Kosovo, to meet with President Thaci, Prime Minister Mustafa, and Speaker of the Parliament Veseli and other political leaders.

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