European Commission chief's warning on Balkans

NEWS 17.04.2018 13:01
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Source: Tanjug/AP, Darko Vojinović

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned on Tuesday that war could return to the Balkans without a European perspective for the countries of the region.

„If we do not open up to countries in that highly complicated an tragic region, and if we do not open up a European perspective to them, we will see war returning to that area as we saw in the 1990s,“ Juncker told the European Parliament.

„I do not want to see war retuning to the Balkans and so we need to open up to them,“ he said.

The European Commission released its Annual Enlargement package on the Western Balkans later on Tuesday prior to next month’s summit of EU and Western Balkans leaders in the Bulgarian capital Sofia.