Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, hosted on Sunday night a traditional working dinner with the leaders of the Western Balkans partners in the margins of the 74rd UN General Assembly in New York.
In view of the clear European Union perspective the Western Balkans has, the High Representative and the representatives from the region reviewed substantial progress achieved and looked at the tasks ahead. They expressed support for the opening of the EU accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania, underlining this decision is crucial not just for both countries concerned, but for the whole region and for the EU. They all supported the continuation of the Serbia-Kosovo Dialogue and the early conclusion of a legally binding agreement on full normalisation of relations.
All the Western Balkans partners confirmed their strong commitment to the EU perspective, stressing that the work on reforms continues as are the regional cooperation and good neighbourly relations.
The High Representative and the Western Balkans leaders expressed solidarity with Albania after the country was hit by a series of strong earthquakes this weekend.