Pendarovski: Accelerated EU integration of Western Balkans to positively impact security, political processes and reform agenda

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Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski addressed Wednesday session “Diplomatic Dialogue on Western Balkans” within the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, reaffirming the need for accelerated EU integration of the Western Balkans that would have a positive impact on security, political processes, reform agenda, and Euro-skepticism in the region.

The session discussion focused on the EU enlargement perspectives with the Western Balkans amid the broader geopolitical and security context, their preparedness for realization of reforms, expectations from the European elections, improvement of the region’s economic integration and its growth, the President’s Office said in a press release.

Pendarovski said the EU membership perspective is not needed only to strengthen economy, promote trade exchange and improve standard of life, but also for political integration in Union institutions, thus contributing to democratic development, institutional strengthening, rule of law and free media.

Pendarovski noted that in a time of many crises, it is important to have a larger European presence in the Western Balkans for the sake of its stability.

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