Spanish PM visits Western Balkans to show support for EU membership

The Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sanchez, visited Skopje in the latter part of his five-nation tour of the Western Balkans: Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Albania.

His trip aims to encourage countries to continue their quest to become members of the European Union. To this end, he congratulated the Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Dimitar Kovacevsky, on the negotiations on this process that were recently launched after EU member Bulgaria lifted its veto.

In a press conference during his visit, Sanchez expressed his support, saying “You did the right thing, you opened the path that will undoubtedly lead North Macedonia to where it belongs, which is the European Union. North Macedonia is European geographically. And historically. And now you are one step away.” of your goal that you yearn for.”

Earlier on Sunday in Montenegro, Sanchez also assured President Milo Djukanovic that the country “has everything” to become a “fantastic model” of EU integration in the Western Balkans.

In Bosnia, the Spanish prime minister supported Sarajevo’s aspirations for the European Union. He called on its leaders to reduce internal tensions, engage in dialogue and jointly advance the reforms needed for membership.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is the country farthest from its bid to join the European Union, having not yet obtained candidate status.

The Balkan countries are going through different stages of the EU accession process. However, EU officials have recently sought to encourage governments there to press ahead with reforms amid concerns about Russia’s efforts to bolster its influence in the region.

Sanchez will conclude his tour of the Western Balkans in Albania on Monday. Kosovo was excluded from his trip because Spain does not recognize its independence from Serbia.

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