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The Prime Minister at the Summit in London to discuss cooperation with Western Balkan countries

Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar is attending a Summit for Berlin Process initiative, the forum of the EU Member States that strongly support the European future of Western Balkan countries and Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia. Prime Minister Cerar emphasised at the Summit that European Union would only be complete when all countries of the Western Balkans were members, which would give this region stability and future. According to Cerar, the Berlin Process is about building trust between countries.

Prime Minister Cerar emphasised at the Summit that the proactive behaviour of countries cooperating in the Berlin process was necessary, while the European Union must also continue to organise activities and provide support. “First and foremost, it is expected that the countries of this region shall continue the responsible reform processes and fulfil the required criteria for EU membership,” pointed out the Slovenian Prime Minister.

 

Prime Minister Cerar considers the Berlin Process an important element in building trust between countries since the region is still burdened by open issues. He provided an example of the recent agreement on the name between Greece and Macedonia and congratulated both countries’ Prime Ministers, Tsipras and Zaev, who were also present at the meeting.

 

The meeting focused on connectivity, migration, the fight against organised crime and the strengthening of the rule of law. As examples of connectivity, Cerar pointed out infrastructure projects and at the same time emphasised that digital connectivity was just as important as physical connectivity.

 

“Cooperation, especially in migration, the prevention of human smuggling and organised crime and the fight against corruption is key for the EU and Western Balkan countries. Past experience proves that we are facing common challenges that can only be overcome if we tackle them hand in hand,” said Prime Minister Cerar. Cerar pointed out the Slovenian initiative to shut down the Balkans migration route in 2016 and the Slovenian initiative to manage integrative internal security as examples of cooperation.

 

Slovenian Prime Minister considers establishing rule of law institutions and strengthening the rule of law to be the fundamental elements of stability and cooperation, which is also important when building a stable investment environment. “Only a society based on the rule of law and economic development can offer young people a sufficient number of opportunities that will enable them to stay in the region and create lives for themselves there,” said Prime Minister Cerar.

 

The leaders supported the Presidency conclusions of today’s meeting along with three declarations: the joint declaration on regional cooperation and good neighbourly relations, the joint declaration on missing persons and the joint declaration on war crimes.

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