The European Union's foreign ministers will meet in Brussels, on Nov. 15, to discuss an analysis and "some suggestions as to how the Union should engage in activities with the Western Balkans," a senior official of the Union said to journalists in Brussels.
The EU official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the ministers would discuss a document that will be submitted by High Representative Josep Borrell thoroughly and openly, because they were not expected to adopt conclusions.
The document drafted by the officials of the European External Action Service (EEAS), which journalists had access to, warns that the political situation in the Western Balkans had been "burdened by growing challenges" over the past few months, with a deepening and serious political crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina, rising tensions in the north of Kosovo and a deep party divide in Montenegro "which has paralyzed the political system in the country."
The analysis offers a thorough breakdown of developments in the region, with recommendations that the Union should step up its engagement in the region and increase the frequency of visits by EU foreign ministers. The paper also says that partners in the Western Balkans should be given insight into debates within the Union. An import remark was that "the differences between Western Balkan partners are slowing down regional integrations."