EWB interview with Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations. Hahn will be a keyonote speaker on the event “Beyond Berlin: What Does the Next Decade Hold for the Western Balkans?”, organized by Chatham House, European Fund for the Balkans and DG Near in London on 10 July, at the margins of the London Western Balkans Summit.
European Western Balkans: How do you see the successes of the Berlin Process so far?
Johannes Hahn: When in August 2014 Chancellor Merkel brought leaders to Berlin to discuss regional co-operation, the idea was – and still is – to revitalize ties between the ‘Western Balkans six’ and the EU and its member states. Much has been achieved under this process under successive chairs, including the development of a comprehensive EU-Western Balkans connectivity agenda that covers transport and energy, the economy, people to people contacts and now also digital technologies.