Osmani addresses Dubrovnik Forum

11 July 2021

As part of his participation in this year’s Dubrovnik Forum, Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani delivered an address at the Foreign Ministers panel titled “The international community and the Western Balkans: How to end the quarantine?”

In his address Osmani discussed the recently held Prespa Forum Dialogue in Ohrid, the overall reform context related to the formal start of negotiations with the EU, as well as the relations and expectations of candidate countries and countries aspiring to EU membership.

“The EU has to find a way to integrate the Western Balkans, which would represent a geographical and political consolidation of the European continent. That process is of strategic interest for the both sides and a greater inclusion of the countries from the region in the debate for the future of the EU is required, as was initially allowed during the Prespa Forum and the panel at the Conference on the Future of Europe”, emphasised Minister Osmani.

“In bringing the region closer to Europe, Brussels would have to guarantee a predictable and credible process, with the two sides adhering to the accepted obligation – delivered reforms for formal start of negotiations, for North Macedonia and Albania. There is no other way for Europe to be complete except through integration of the missing part”, Osmani added.

Other participants in the panel included the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora of Kosovo Gёrvalla-Schwartz, the Foreign Ministers of Montenegro Radulović, of Albania Xhaçka, of the Czech Republic Kulhánek, of Greece Dendias, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina Brkić, the Special Representative of the EU for the Western Balkans Lajčák, the MEPZovko, the high representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina Schmidt and the State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, Starović.