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EC President Tusk visits Western Balkans


President of the European Council Donald Tusk will travel to Tirana, Podgorica, Belgrade, Sarajevo and Skopje from 24 to 27 April. The main purpose of the trip is to prepare for the EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia on 17 May and to participate in the Brdo-Brijuni summit in Skopje.

“The message to our friends is clear: the European Union is and will continue to be the most reliable partner for the entire region. As the biggest investor, the biggest donor, the biggest trading market and the best promise for a better future for citizens. Our summit should reaffirm the European perspective of the region. And more importantly, it should improve, in concrete terms, connections with and within the region,” Tusk said.

During his visit to the region President Tusk will meet Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Montenegro Dusko Markovic, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, the members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Dragan Covic, Mladen Ivanic and Bakir Izetbegovic as well as the Prime Minister of the Republic of Macedonia Zoran Zaev.

All these meetings will be important occasions to prepare for the upcoming summit with EU Heads of State or Government and the Western Balkans leaders in Sofia on 17 May. It will also be an opportunity to discuss bilateral relations with the European Union.

President Tusk will end his trip in Skopje where he will participate in the Brdo-Brijuni summit. The main objective of the Brdo-Brioni process is to gather all the Presidents from the Western Balkans region as well as Slovenia and Croatia to strengthen political dialogue, increase the levels of trust and promote the resolution of outstanding bilateral and regional issues, European Council press release reads.