New Non-Paper on Western Balkans Sent to Brussels

Four Visegrad Group countries and Austria have sent a non-paper concerning the region of the Western Balkans to European leaders in Brussels. 

Reportedly, the document is not dealing with the border changes but demands the European Union’s support for the whole region. 

The information was briefly confirmed by Bosnia’s Foreign Minister Bisera Turkovic. 

“Yes, we have been officially informed and I am glad about such approach. Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as other countries of the region, has a clear membership perspective. We have always been an essential part of Europe, now we are only in the process of reaching advanced European standards in the functioning and strengthening of the state”, Turkovic said earlier. 

According to her, the countries that sent the non-paper wish to include the future member states in the talks on the future of the EU, which is an “important signal we will not be left to wait for too long on the progress towards the membership.” 

“At the same time, this is good for the EU too, which is not complete without a stable and European Western Balkans”, said Turkovic. 

The Visegrad Group consists of four EU and NATO member states: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, and it is aimed to advance the military, cultural, economic and energy cooperation within this alliance. 

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