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Balkans: 'Berlin Process' meeting opened in Poznan

Summit of heads of state and governments to be held on Friday

04 July, 11:19
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JULY 4 - The sixth Western Balkans summit in the framework of the Berlin Process officially opened yesterday in Poznan, Poland, with a 'Think Tank Forum' on the Balkan issue. Numerous scholars and analysts from various countries are participating in the event. The German government launched the initiative in 2014 to support the prospect of integration of the Western Balkan with the EU. The objective is to foster regional dialogue and collaboration in the fields of economy and civil society, and design projects, with particular regard to infrastructural, energy, transport and interconnectivity sectors.

The highlight of the Poznan meeting is scheduled for today when a summit of the heads of state and governments of the Western Balkan countries will take place. The main leaders of the EU will also attend the summit. A meeting of foreign, interior and economy ministers from all the countries in the region is scheduled, along with a Western EU-Balkans Economic Forum and a Civil Society Forum. Poland, which recently joined the initiative, is holding the presidency of the 'Berlin Process' this year. After the opening event (Berlin, 2014), the following summits took place in Vienna (2015), Paris (2016), Trieste (2017) and London (2018). According to regional media, Bulgaria and North Macedonia will assume the upcoming presidency of the 'Berlin Process'.


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