Facing the consequences of the war in Ukraine together, strengthening security and resistance to foreign meddling will be on the agenda of a EU-Western Balkans summit in Tirana next week, the EU Council announced on Dec. 1.
The Dec. 6 summit in Albania's capital will be the first to be held in a Western Balkan country while a resolution at the end of the event has been announced. "The summit is an opportunity to re-confirm the key importance of the EU's and Western Balkans' partnership," the Western Balkans being a region with a clear European outlook, the EU Council said in a statement.
The leaders of the EU and Western Balkans will discuss "cooperation in facing joint challenges stemming from the Russian aggression against Ukraine." The negative impact of the war on energy and food security in the Western Balkans will especially be reviewed, the statement said.
The agenda of the summit will also include the intensifying of political engagement, with a special focus on youth. The leaders will evaluate the progress achieved in the integration of the Western Balkans with the EU's internal market, the modernization of payment systems in accordance with European standards, the area of digitization and applying green corridors.