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Benefiting from its geographic proximity and historic ties, Italy is already one of the top investors and trading partners of the Western Balkan countries.
Socialists & Democrats accused Varhelyi of supporting secessionists in Bosnia and playing down democratic backsliding in Serbia.
Decision made amid increased emphasis on enlargement following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Bulgaria set to lift its veto allowing first intergovernmental conference to take place after North Macedonia’s parliament approves French compromise proposal — despite protests and opposition boycott.
Longtime candidate countries North Macedonia and Albania are still unable to begin accession talks because of a Bulgarian veto, while Montenegro and Serbia are no closer to joining, and Bosnia-Herzegovina has not yet been granted candidate status.
North Macedonia's PM Dimitar Kovacevski says doors to Open Balkan, founded to improve regional economic co-operation, "remain open" to all Western Balkan states.
Pressure on Sofia to lift its veto and allow North Macedonia to start EU accession talks has increased since Russia's invasion of Ukraine raised fears of destabilisation in the Western Balkans.
Political leaders at the EBRD’s Western Balkans Investment Summit stressed the importance of co-operation despite fears the Russia-Ukraine war could elevate tensions in the region.
Commissioner Kadri Simson praises Azerbaijan as 'reliable partner' and says EU seeks to raise imports from 8 bcm to 10 bcm.
MEPs demand investigation into claims enlargement commissioner backed Dodik, despite denial by Hungary's ruling Fidesz.
Podgorica struggled to repay loan for Bar-Boljare motorway after Montenegrin economy suffered the deepest contraction across the emerging Europe region in 2020.
President Maia Sandu's reformist PAS to form new government after landslide election victory.
Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic sets optimistic target but will struggle to make required reforms with ruling coalition deeply divided.
Plan will only be effective if region works together Oliver Varhelyi tells summit marred by verbal clash between prime ministers of Serbia and Kosovo.
Montenegro previously asked the EU for help to repay the loan from China’s Exim Bank, as the coronacrisis put the government’s finances under pressure.
Bulgaria's veto on North Macedonia's accession talks threatens the EU's credibility in the Western Balkans.
Zoran Zaev visited Brussels after Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi raised the possibility of allowing Albania to move ahead of North Macedonia, whose progress is blocked by dispute with Bulgaria.
EU politicians appear divided about whether progress of the two countries should be decoupled after Bulgaria dashed Skopje's hopes of launching accession talks.
The EU’s slow and sometimes confusing response to the coronacrisis in the Western Balkans made room for China to increase its influence.