No Comment from Brussels on Jansa's Non-Paper on Western Balkans | Beta Briefing

No Comment from Brussels on Jansa's Non-Paper on Western Balkans

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News / Politics | 19.04.21 | access_time 09:06

Ursula von der Leyen, Charles Michel (Olivier Hoslet, Pool Photo via AP)

None of the leading European institutions - the Council of the European Union, the European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS) - were willing to respond to April 16 requests to comment on or confirm the existence of a non-paper suggesting a redrawing of borders in the Balkans, allegedly presented by Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa to Brussels.

When asked by the Brussels portal EURACTIV if such a document had arrived in his office, through official or unofficial channels, a spokesman for the president of the European Council, Charles Michel, said: "I can't comment."

The European Commission and the EEAS service, headed by Josep Borrell, said they weren't aware of any document suggesting that Balkan borders be changed. "The EEAS didn't receive one, and the service doesn't know anything more about it than what the media reported," EU chief spokesman Peter Stano told EURACTIV.

Prime Minister Jansa's non-paper allegedly suggests the unification of Kosovo and Albania, and parts of Republika Srpska with Serbia, and the Croatian cantons in Bosnia and Herzegovina with Croatia. The strategy is supposedly a way to resolve open issues in the Western Balkans and accelerate the region's accession to the EU and NATO.

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