The Western Balkans “clearly see much more in us than we ourselves see in our Union,” says European Commission (EC) President Jean Claude Juncker.
In his address to the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday, Juncker stressed that “each of the Western Balkan partners must continue their reform path, especially when it comes to the rule of law and fundamental freedoms and values.”
Just under two weeks ago I returned from a tour around the Western Balkans. It was a memorable trip for many reasons. What struck me the most was the passion and conviction in the European Union,” he said, according to the European Commission’s website.
This gave me a renewed sense of belief and hope, Juncker continued, “that if a region, a dramatic region like the Western Balkans is so determined to reform from top to bottom in order to join our Union, then we must be a Union worth being part of.”