The foreign ministers of Bulgaria, Greece and Romania sent a letter to EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule and regional policy Commissioner Johannes Hahn Thursday proposing a strategy to speed up the integration of countries from the Western Balkans.
This comes just a day after Wednesday the European Commission released a progress report on potential members from the Western Balkans, as well as Turkey and Iceland, in which it offered official candidate status to Serbia and opened negotiations with Montenegro.
The three main objectives of the joint strategy are: (1) fulfilment of the membership criteria, (2) Enabling more European projects in the region, and (3) cross-border cooperation in the construction of infrastructure, energy and the fight against organized crime."Our commitment to the European perspective of the Western Balkans is based on the conviction that this is the way to assist reforms in our neighboring countries and to contribute to neighborly relations in the region," stated Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikolay Mladenov.The Bulgarian Foreign Affairs Minister expressed particular satisfaction at the progress the EC has noted in Serbia and Montenegro. (Source: Sofia News Agency)