Bulgaria’s formal position presented during the EU-Western Balkans summit in Sarajevo is firmly in favor of continuing the Union’s enlargement.
The EU-Western Balkans High Level Summit in the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina Sarajevo is taking place Tuesday with a total of 48 delegations and 29 foreign ministers and secretary-generals of international organizations attending. The top-level participants include the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule, and the Foreign Minister of Spain, the holder of the EU rotating Presidency, Miguel Moratinos.
Bulgaria is represented by its Foreign Minister, Nikolay Mladenov, who just completed on Monday in Zagreb a comprehensive tour of the Western Balkan states after starting it in early May.
The EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sarajevo is supposed to commemorate the tenth year since the November 2000 Zagreb summit, a landmark of the Stabilization and Association Process for the states of the former Yugoslavia.
During the forum, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Mladenov will be defending the EU future of the countries in Western Balkans, and will be communicating Bulgaria’s readiness to aid them in meeting the Copenhagen criteria for EU membership.
Leading EU politicians such as French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner have expressed the satisfaction of the EU that both Serbia and its now independent former province Kosovo are present at the Sarajevo meeting.