Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva commented that the EU Strategy for "A credible enlargement perspective for and enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans" was very timely. She participated in a discussion on "The Future of the Western Balkans and the New Strategy for EU Enlargement" at the House of Europe in Sofia.
Zaharieva noted that the Strategy has many positive aspects - it is timely, comprehensive and inspiring. It is also a very fair document because it spells out the challenges facing each individual country. This is a long-term document which holds out, rather ambitiously, the prospect of membership to the six Western Balkan countries by 2025.