German coalition agreement includes reference to Western Balkans

Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens and the business-friendly liberal FDP have finalised their coalition agreement for a new government, including a short note about the Western Balkans. [EPA-EFE / CLEMENS BILAN]

Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens and the business-friendly liberal FDP have finalised their coalition agreement for a new government, including a short note about the Western Balkans.

“We support the EU accession process of the six states in the Western Balkans region and the necessary reforms to fulfil all Copenhagen criteria. Within this framework, we are calling for strengthening civil society and supporting further pre-accession steps,” it read.

“The next steps are to open the first EU accession chapters with Albania and North Macedonia, to decide on visa liberalisation with Kosovo and to continue negotiations with Montenegro and Serbian” it also said.

“We support the EU-led normalisation dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia and the efforts to achieve lasting peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, building on the preservation of territorial integrity and overcoming ethnic divisions. In parallel with the accession negotiations, the EU must improve its absorption capacity,” the coalition agreement added.

(Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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