Viola Von Cramon-Taubadel - MEP said that the Berlin Process Summit with Western Balkans countries and 9 EU member states – Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Greece, Germany, Poland, Slovenia, and Italy - is yet another blow to the strengthening of relations between the EU and the countries of the Western Balkans.
“Today’s meeting signifies yet another blow to the strengthening of relations between the EU and the states of the Western Balkans. Despite many voices from the region calling for German leadership, Chancellor Merkel’s last summit has not delivered tangible results. The initiation of the Berlin Process was filled with good intentions and ambitions- ones which have come to a crushing crescendo owing to our lack of strategic vision for the region at large,” Cramon-Taubadel said in her statement.
From failing to grant Visa Liberalization for Kosovo, to the de-facto veto of Serbia on Bosnia and deadlock in North Macedonia’s accession process she argues that it only further damaged the EU’s credibility in the region.
“The increased limbo is frustrating the citizens of these countries – this at a time when the EU is in a tug of war with other interests trying to solidify their own mark in the region. If we do not act with concrete actions – the process will lose its significance. The Berlin Process must not become an alibi to further delay or halt the accession process, but must act as complementary to EU enlargement – and not as a surrogate,“ the Standing Rapporteur for Kosovo said.