The U.S. has not yet revealed the new names in relation to President Joseph Biden’s Executive Order on the Western Balkans, Department of State spokesperson Ned Price told Voice of America, replying to the question about whether the blacklist would potentially include new names.
However, thanks to the order, the U.S. will be able to deal with the most urgent threats to the stability and progress of democratic institutions, Price said late on June 10.
He also said that the U.S. was devoted to promoting democracy, transparency, accountability and democratic governance across the Western Balkans, in line with the standards the states must meet in order to achieve their goal of progressing down the European road.
Biden has issued an executive order to freeze the property and ban entry into the U.S. of individuals who pose a threat to the security and peace of any Western Balkan country. The executive order will also encompass persons directly or indirectly involved in corruption, abuse of public funds, taking bribes, and the like.
In early June, the U.S. administration officially declared the fight against corruption crucial for U.S. national security. “Corruption threatens United States national security, economic equity, global anti-poverty and development efforts, and democracy itself,” Biden said at the time.