On Tuesday, 8 June, as part of the Berlin Process, Foreign Minister Maas will host a virtual meeting with his counterparts from the six Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia), the United Kingdom and a number of EU member states.
From Pristina to Podgorica – Germany stands in solidarity with the countries of the Western Balkans in the fight against the COVID‑19 pandemic; together with the WHO, it has provided them with ventilators and pulse oximeters.
Providing support for political and economic reform as part of EU accession negotiations is a central pillar of bilateral relations. A number of projects supported by Germany promote efforts to…
The impact of years of civil wars in the Western Balkan region can still be felt to this day, with up to six million small arms still in circulation. Germany and France have launched an initiative to curb the illegal arms trade and to bring arms under control.
If economically strong and stable democracies develop in South-Eastern Europe, both Germany and the EU stand to benefit.
The European Commission’s new strategy for the Western Balkans reaffirms the region’s EU perspective but also makes it clear that there is a long way to go before the six countries can join the EU. Germany is providing extensive support for the necessary reforms.