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Michael Clauss told: “We need to see the views of member states, I can’t say any names, but we hear some member states saying that the elections will affect their decision,” External link

mia-mk Thursday, June 4, 2020 12:02:00 PM CEST

Michael Clauss said: “We gave the green light for North Macedonia and Albania. This will be one of the important topics of the German Presidency, and I expect it to happen in the fall,” External link

mia-mk Thursday, June 4, 2020 12:02:00 PM CEST

Michael Clauss said: “The Western Balkans remain our strategic priority. Enlargement is also important in terms of geopolitics. We see foreign actors are trying to gain influence in the region, including Russia, China and Turkey, and we need to have this in mind,” External link

mia-mk Thursday, June 4, 2020 12:02:00 PM CEST

Dario Scannapieco said: “We are glad to support this project that will improve living standards for thousands of people in Gjilan/Gnjilane by providing a modern and affordable wastewater management system. On a larger-scale, it will contribute to socio-economic progress and regional connections, and improve preparedness for pandemic and emergency situations. Finally, we hope this financing will bring Kosovo closer to EU environmental requirements and support the transition of the Western Balkan countries towards the Sustainable Development Goals” External link

eib Wednesday, June 3, 2020 1:03:00 PM CEST

Nataliya Apostolova said: “Kosovo’s lack of facilities for treating sewage, urbanization and development often result in contaminated rivers and groundwater due to discharge of sewage without treatment and disposal of solid waste into them,” External link

eib Wednesday, June 3, 2020 1:03:00 PM CEST

Dario Scannapieco said: “We are glad to support this project that will improve living standards for thousands of people in Gjilan/Gnjilane by providing a modern and affordable wastewater management system. On a larger-scale, it will contribute to socio-economic progress and regional connections, and improve preparedness for pandemic and emergency situations. Finally, we hope this financing will bring Kosovo closer to EU environmental requirements and support the transition of the Western Balkan countries towards the Sustainable Development Goals” External link

eib Tuesday, June 2, 2020 5:21:00 PM CEST

Nataliya Apostolova said: “Kosovo’s lack of facilities for treating sewage, urbanization and development often result in contaminated rivers and groundwater due to discharge of sewage without treatment and disposal of solid waste into them,” External link

eib Tuesday, June 2, 2020 5:21:00 PM CEST

Oliver Varhelyi said: “All this will enable us to come out in the fall with a significant economic and investment plan for the Western Balkans, to start working on connections in the field of energy, transport, on the green agenda, as well as to include the region in the EU digital agenda and bring it as close as possible to the EU economy,” External link

europeanwesternbalkans Tuesday, June 2, 2020 3:28:00 PM CEST

Oliver Varhelyi concluded: “Of course, the situation is different when you are a member of the EU, because then you can count on the full solidarity of all other members. As far as I understand, that is one of the reasons why the Balkan countries want to be part of the EU,” External link

europeanwesternbalkans Tuesday, June 2, 2020 3:28:00 PM CEST

Oliver Varhelyi dedi: "Türkiye, AB'ye aday bir ülke olarak IPA'ya dahil durumdadır" External link

internethaber Tuesday, June 2, 2020 3:27:00 PM CEST

Oliver Varhelyi dedi: "Türkiye, AB'ye aday bir ülke olarak IPA'ya dahil durumdadır" External link

haber7 Tuesday, June 2, 2020 1:40:00 PM CEST

Noah Tucker explains: “For every 10 people who join, there are 10 different life stories, and often 10 different reasons” External link

crisisgroup Monday, June 1, 2020 11:25:00 AM CEST

Massimo Gaiani added: “Also in this time of crisis, Turkey has proved to be a true friend and a valuable partner for Italy. We are highly grateful for the solidarity we have been shown time and time again by the Turkish people and institutions. We have received several private donations, and many Turkish health care professionals have declared their readiness to come to Italy to lend a hand to our doctors, battling in the trenches like their Turkish colleagues,” External link

dailysabah Wednesday, May 27, 2020 4:18:00 AM CEST

Massimo Gaiani urged: “Let’s turn this difficult challenge into an opportunity for our nations, our societies, our economies, working together to conceive and shape a post-COVID world based on solidarity and partnership,” External link

dailysabah Wednesday, May 27, 2020 4:18:00 AM CEST

Vladimir Međak said: “A rational decision would be to accept the methodology. Serbia cannot be harmed by the new methodology,” External link

europeanwesternbalkans Monday, May 25, 2020 3:44:00 PM CEST

Vladimir Međak says: “The modalities of implementation must be agreed with the European Commission, but it is clear that only increased reporting, supervision and political management of the process can refer to Serbia. Opening the chapters by clusters is not applicable to Serbia,” External link

europeanwesternbalkans Monday, May 25, 2020 3:44:00 PM CEST

Vladimir Međak says: “It is wise to follow the trends in the European Union itself and use them to your advantage instead of resisting them. This is especially true because Serbia cannot have any negative effects from the new methodology, and at the same time those negative effects are possible even today if Serbia does not fulfil its obligations from the negotiations as it obliged to, especially in the field of rule of law,” External link

europeanwesternbalkans Monday, May 25, 2020 3:44:00 PM CEST

Vladimir Međak says: “The negotiating framework for negotiations with Serbia itself does not regulate issues such as the content of the annual report or the organization of intergovernmental conferences with the content envisaged by the new methodology, so a change in the negotiating framework is not necessary. It is enough for the EU and Serbia to agree on how they will work in the future,” External link

europeanwesternbalkans Monday, May 25, 2020 3:44:00 PM CEST

Vladimir Međak believes: “The new methodology explicitly states that the reports of third organizations will be taken as a basis for creating a picture of progress. That has been the case so far, but now the EU is explicitly calling for it. That is why shadow reports and communication with international civil society organizations will represent an additional possibility of influencing the Government” External link

europeanwesternbalkans Monday, May 25, 2020 3:44:00 PM CEST

Vladimir Međak concludes: “Methodology cannot solve the internal problems of the Republic of Serbia and the lack of dialogue, that is primarily the job of our society,” External link

europeanwesternbalkans Monday, May 25, 2020 3:44:00 PM CEST

Ursula von der Leyen stated: “Any European State, which respects and promotes the values of the EU, may apply to become a member of the Union” External link

express Saturday, May 23, 2020 8:13:00 AM CEST

Raouf Ghali says: “To take an infrastructure investment from a bright idea through to a fully operational and sustainable operation, on time and within budget, requires the highest quality analysis, planning, design, and supervision in execution. Fortunately, the consortium implementing the IPF7 consists of a unique blend of leading international companies and experts in infrastructure. We’re proud to be collaborating with such a qualified consortium to improve so many lives in the Western Balkans” External link

4-traders Thursday, May 21, 2020 1:08:00 PM CEST

Bogdan Aurescu said: “Despite the crisis, the European Union conveyed, perhaps, the most powerful message possible. In the difficult moments of the COVID-19 pandemic, the EU decided to continue the enlargement process and open negotiations with Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia. This is a powerful signal that our action corresponds to the European commitments and we are looking forward to adopting the negotiation frameworks with the two countries in June,” External link

nineoclock Tuesday, May 19, 2020 5:31:00 PM CEST

Tanja Fajon wrote: “I call on the authorities of the Western Balkan countries to ensure the constitutional role of parliaments in monitoring the measures taken to combat COVID-19. Suspending democracy is not an option in these difficult times,” External link

europeanwesternbalkans Monday, May 18, 2020 6:33:00 PM CEST

Noah Tucker explains: “For every 10 people who join, there are 10 different life stories, and often 10 different reasons” External link

crisisgroup Monday, May 18, 2020 12:23:00 PM CEST

Mustafa Varank diyor: “Onların tedarikçisi olmak için teklifte bulunun. Yeni ortaklar bulun, yeni piyasalara açılın” External link

milliyet Sunday, May 17, 2020 6:28:00 AM CEST

Adnan Dalgakıran diye konuştu: “Makine sektörü yüzde 50-60 cirosunu ihracattan elde ediyor. Bu ihracatın da yüzde 50’den fazlası Avrupa’ya yapılıyor. Bu süreci doğru yönetirsek daha sonrası için avantaj elde ederiz. Lehimize bir dönem oluştuğu söylenebilir” External link

milliyet Sunday, May 17, 2020 6:28:00 AM CEST

İbrahim Burkay diye konuştu: “Bursa iş dünyası olarak pandemiyle mücadele döneminde üretim ve hizmet kapasitemizi muhafaza etmek ve istihdamımızı korumak temel önceliğimiz oldu. Bu süreçte salgının Türkiye’de görüldüğü ilk günden itibaren oluşturduğumuz kriz masasıyla başta ihracatçılarımız olmak üzere ticaret zincirinin tüm aktörleriyle yakın temas içinde bulunarak destek mekanizmalarını harekete geçirdik” External link

milliyet Sunday, May 17, 2020 6:28:00 AM CEST

Marko Mrdak said: “For Montenegro, in technical terms, the new methodology does not mean much, but in political terms it is a reflection of the readiness to build a process and work on it in a more intensive dialogue with member states. Using the new methodology in the best way will allow us to progress,” External link

europeanwesternbalkans Friday, May 15, 2020 7:40:00 PM CEST

Oliver Spasovski said: “Although our healthcare systems are facing many challenges, we’ve successfully managed the COVID-19 epidemic. However, certain challenges have emphasized the need for closer cooperation in the region and the EU. Therefore, we fully support the initiative of the CEI- Executive Secretariat and the WHO Regional Office for Europe to set up a functioning Task Force whose members will cooperate closely in areas of scientific and medical research and share information regarding progress achieved in the fight against COVID-19,” External link

mia-mk Friday, May 15, 2020 4:32:00 PM CEST

Oliver Spasovski said: “We commend CEI’s call for proposals as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The response has been huge, which shows that companies and civil society have been affected by the crisis, but also proves that they’re determined to contribute to overcoming the social and economic effects of the crisis by putting forward ideas and initiatives. Furthermore, I commend CEI’s commitment to support infrastructure projects in the region through its EBRD fund,” External link

mia-mk Friday, May 15, 2020 4:32:00 PM CEST

Ji Ping said: “The Covid-19 outbreak has not stopped China from deepening cooperation with BiH,” External link

sarajevotimes Friday, May 15, 2020 4:13:00 PM CEST

Peter Szijjarto dichiarato: "è arrivato il momento per il Montenegro di aprire l'ultimo capitolo dei negoziati di adesione con l'Ue" External link

agenzianova Tuesday, May 12, 2020 2:02:00 PM CEST

Christian Berger said: “What we see today in international relations or in relations with our immediate neighbors and candidate countries like Turkey, is that we need to stand together. This crisis is enormous, this crisis has hit us hard with enormous speed. Wherever you are, you find the same situation. Public life has almost come to a stop. For the first time, it is global; it is worldwide. If we want to overcome this, the world has to come together,” External link

dailysabah Tuesday, May 12, 2020 4:17:00 AM CEST

Christian Berger said: “This is a crisis of a magnitude I have never seen before,” External link

dailysabah Tuesday, May 12, 2020 4:17:00 AM CEST

Christian Berger said: “On visa liberation, we agreed with Turkey earlier on to have a certain number of criteria. A larger part of those criteria had been met, some of them not yet, and we understand that the ministries under the leadership of the foreign ministry are working on this to come up with a proposal on how these missing benchmarks can be fulfilled,” External link

dailysabah Tuesday, May 12, 2020 4:17:00 AM CEST

Christian Berger said: “This is one of the longest conflicts in recent history we are dealing with and a tragic one not only for the people but for the entire country. When we deal with migration we actually deal with symptoms, not with the root cause. The root cause is the political situation in Syria. The European Union and Turkey, we have always been on the same line, and we remain to be on the same line,” External link

dailysabah Tuesday, May 12, 2020 4:17:00 AM CEST

Ursula von der Leyen said: “The Western Balkans belong in the EU. There is no question for us about this. And this is why I firmly believe that the European Union has a special responsibility in assisting its partners in the region” External link

brusselstimes Monday, May 11, 2020 5:20:00 AM CEST

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: "The ideas behind the Schuman Declaration had ensured the rebirth of Europe from its own ashes after a war that tore apart the whole world and the gathering together of countries for peace, security, development and welfare, casting aside their differences and animosities," External link

dailysabah Monday, May 11, 2020 4:28:00 AM CEST

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: "We must make good use of the opportunities these tough days will present in order to revitalize the Turkey-EU relations. I hope that the EU, which has assumed a discriminative and exclusionist attitude toward our country on various issues to this date, has now understood that we are all on the same boat”. He underlined that during the pandemic, various EU member states asked for help from Turkey, and that with Ankara's health care system and measures taken against the virus the nation could " External link

dailysabah Monday, May 11, 2020 4:28:00 AM CEST

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: "The ideas behind the Schuman Declaration had ensured the rebirth of Europe from its own ashes after a war that tore apart the whole world and the gathering together of countries for peace, security, development and welfare, casting aside their differences and animosities," External link

haberler-en Saturday, May 9, 2020 4:29:00 PM CEST

Recep Tayyip Erdogan said: "We must make good use of the opportunities these tough days will present in order to revitalize the Turkey-EU relations. I hope that the EU, which has assumed a discriminative and exclusionist attitude towards our country on various issues to this date, has now understood that we are all on the same boat. He underlined that during the pandemic, various EU Member States asked for help from Turkey, and that with Ankara's healthcare system and measures against the virus could " External link

haberler-en Saturday, May 9, 2020 4:29:00 PM CEST

Cumhurbaşkanı Erdoğan şeklinde konuştu: "Bu kez ortak düşmanımız sınır tanımayan bir virüs. Gözle görülmeyen düşman birlik olmanın anlamını hatırlattı. AB'nin artık aynı gemide olduğumuzu anladığını umuyorum" External link

ntv-tr Saturday, May 9, 2020 1:48:00 PM CEST

Recep Tayyip Erdogan ifadelerini kullandı: "Bugün, Avrupa Birliği fikrine hayat veren Schuman Deklarasyonu’nun kabul edilmesinin 70. yıldönümüdür. Avrupa Birliği’ne adaylık statümüzün tescil edildiği 1999 yılından bu yana “9 Mayıs Avrupa Günü”nü tüm Avrupa halklarıyla birlikte ülkemizde de kutluyoruz" External link

ntv-tr Saturday, May 9, 2020 1:48:00 PM CEST

Tena Prelec says: “The real achievement of this summit was that it was held at all. Considering the circumstances, this was not a foregone conclusion. EU countries had to pledge, at least nominally, their support for the region’s EU perspective, at a time in which everybody’s thoughts would otherwise be focused elsewhere” External link

europeanwesternbalkans Saturday, May 9, 2020 12:22:00 PM CEST

Tena Prelec says: “The real achievement of this summit was that it was held at all. Considering the circumstances, this was not a foregone conclusion. EU countries had to pledge, at least nominally, their support for the region’s EU perspective, at a time in which everybody’s thoughts would otherwise be focused elsewhere” External link

europeanwesternbalkans Friday, May 8, 2020 1:19:00 PM CEST

Aleksandar Vucic detto: «la solidarietà europea non esiste» External link

ilpiccolo Friday, May 8, 2020 11:19:00 AM CEST

David Sassoli writes: “it would be very important that Parliament participate in the High Level Conference in June” External link

politico-eu Thursday, May 7, 2020 7:09:00 AM CEST

Bruno Le Maire said: “The decision of the Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe is not an element of stability,” External link

politico-eu Thursday, May 7, 2020 7:09:00 AM CEST

David Sassoli aggiunto: “Il Parlamento ha accolto con favore la decisione di aprire i negoziati di adesione con la Macedonia del Nord e l’Albania. È anche favorevole alla nuova metodologia per l’allargamento proposta dalla Commissione, in quanto offre più credibilità a una prospettiva rapida di adesione. Tuttavia, la natura più politica della nuova metodologia, non deve ostacolare l’impegno dell’Unione europea per un’adesione progressiva fondata sui meriti rispettivi dei candidati. (...) I valori fondamentali sui quali la nostra Unione è stata costruita devono rimanere il faro che illumina il percorso di ogni paese verso l’Unione europea” External link

italiannetwork Thursday, May 7, 2020 1:04:00 AM CEST

Andrej Plenkovic said: “We made a very solid document given the circumstances. The fact that the meeting is happening is already a strong political signal” External link

europeanwesternbalkans Wednesday, May 6, 2020 9:26:00 PM CEST

Nathalie Tocci wrote: “This should begin with close monitoring of the recent centralization in executive power and be quickly followed up with recommendations for their rapid removal. Restrictions on civil rights and abuses in the handling of personal data should receive similar treatment” External link

europeanwesternbalkans Wednesday, May 6, 2020 6:20:00 PM CEST

Mario Holzner sagte: „Alles steht im Schatten der Coronavirus-Pandemie. Die Deklaration soll auf Druck einzelner EU-Mitglieder das Wort ,EU-Erweiterung‘ nicht beinhalten. Und zu guter Letzt könnte Bulgarien auch noch die Beitrittsgespräche Nordmazedoniens aufgrund eines bizarren Historikerstreits blockieren“ External link

Handelsblatt Wednesday, May 6, 2020 3:39:00 PM CEST

Gunter Deuber sagte: „Das sind nur knapp zwei Prozent des Bruttoinlandsprodukts (BIP) der Kandidatenländer, was eher eine geringe Unterstützungssumme ist angesichts der derzeit aufgestellten umfassenden Stützungsmaßnahmen in Westeuropa und der EU“ External link

Handelsblatt Wednesday, May 6, 2020 3:39:00 PM CEST

Mario Holzner sagt: „Vergleichsweise wenig Geld hat auf dem Westbalkan große Auswirkungen“ External link

Handelsblatt Wednesday, May 6, 2020 3:39:00 PM CEST

Michael Gahler said: “It is time for unity. The start of formal EU accession talks is about nothing less than defending our way of life and influence in the world. The EU is a reliable and transparent partner,” External link

mia-mk Wednesday, May 6, 2020 2:44:00 PM CEST

Kinga Gal said: “In these challenging times, it is very important that we stand beside the whole of the Western Balkans. Solidarity is key now,” External link

mia-mk Wednesday, May 6, 2020 2:44:00 PM CEST

Michael Gahler said: “Europeans must turn this crisis into an opportunity and mitigate the impact of the pandemic together” External link

mia-mk Wednesday, May 6, 2020 2:44:00 PM CEST

Michael Gahler said: “Do not lose sight of the geopolitical consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Western Balkans must not fall into the Russian disinformation trap. The region has a better future with the EU” External link

eppgroup Wednesday, May 6, 2020 9:22:00 AM CEST

Michael Gahler said: “It is time for unity. The start of formal EU accession talks is about nothing less than defending our way of life and influence in the world. The EU is a reliable and transparent partner” External link

eppgroup Wednesday, May 6, 2020 9:22:00 AM CEST

Andrej Plenkovic said: “The fact that all EU 27 leaders, the institutions plus the leaders of the region would have come to Zagreb would have symbolized many things,” External link

politico-eu Wednesday, May 6, 2020 7:13:00 AM CEST

Andrej Plenkovic said: “waiting for this decision for 15 years,” “From their perspective, this is a signal of friendship that you don’t forget” External link

politico-eu Wednesday, May 6, 2020 7:13:00 AM CEST

Andrej Plenkovic said: “Kosovo wasn’t an internationally recognized country, Montenegro was still, as far as I remember, part of this federal Republic of Yugoslavia,” External link

politico-eu Wednesday, May 6, 2020 7:13:00 AM CEST

Andrej Plenkovic told: “From a personal point of view, I would have been happier if we had been more robust and clear, all of us, in the statement,” External link

politico-eu Wednesday, May 6, 2020 7:13:00 AM CEST

Andrej Plenkovic said: “I’m realistic, we made a very solid document given the circumstances. The fact that the meeting is happening is already a strong political signal,” External link

politico-eu Wednesday, May 6, 2020 7:13:00 AM CEST

Nathalie Tocci writes: “At first glance, recent events in the Western Balkans hint at an ugly return to the past,” External link

politico-eu Wednesday, May 6, 2020 7:13:00 AM CEST

Andrej Plenkovic said: “more important than it has been for many, many years,” External link

politico-eu Wednesday, May 6, 2020 7:13:00 AM CEST

Andrej Plenkovic said: “It would be ideal if we could have in such a situation an overall EU agreement for the border crossing of our citizens,” External link

politico-eu Wednesday, May 6, 2020 7:13:00 AM CEST

Andrej Plenkovic said: “The key is the convergence of the epidemiological situation,” External link

politico-eu Wednesday, May 6, 2020 7:13:00 AM CEST

Andrej Plenkovic said: “I wouldn’t say [it will be an] entirely COVID-free Mediterranean coast, but almost,” “If things slow down across the EU, we can be a little bit more courageous and balance between epidemiological recommendations of physical distancing and a partial saving of the tourist season” External link

politico-eu Wednesday, May 6, 2020 7:13:00 AM CEST

Klaus Iohannis said: “Such a decision of the ECHR, unprecedented as it concerns the very authority that is the guarantor of the supremacy of the constitution, cannot remain without consequences,” External link

politico-eu Wednesday, May 6, 2020 7:13:00 AM CEST

Zdravko Maric spiega: “I Paesi dell'allargamento e del vicinato sono i nostri partner più stretti” External link

europa-today Tuesday, May 5, 2020 6:29:00 PM CEST

Zdravko Maric aggiunto: “Ora più che mai è assolutamente essenziale restare uniti e dare prova di solidarietà nell'affrontare l'impatto economico e sociale di questa crisi mondiale” External link

europa-today Tuesday, May 5, 2020 6:29:00 PM CEST

Andreas Schieder urteilt: "Nach einigen Störfällen sind die EU-Westbalkan-Beziehungen jetzt auf dem richtigen Weg" "Die Beitrittsgespräche mit Albanien und Nordmazedonien haben begonnen, der Beitrittsprozess wird reformiert und damit transparent und nachvollziehbar. Das ist auch für die anderen Kandidatenländer von großer Bedeutung. Am Westbalkan gibt es eine überwältigende Zustimmung zu Europa und wir haben gesehen, wie wichtig eine Beitrittsperspektive für Stabilität und Reformen ist. Es gilt diese Fortschritte jetzt nicht zu verspielen. Rechtsstaatlichkeit und Grundrechte dürfen nicht unter dem Deckmantel vermeintlicher Corona-Maßnahmen eingeschränkt werden. Diese Gefahr besteht aktuell innerhalb und außerhalb der EU. Der morgige Gipfel muss auch ein deutliches Zeichen für den Schutz unserer Grundwerte gerade in Krisenzeiten aussenden" External link

ots Tuesday, May 5, 2020 1:41:00 PM CEST

Paul Schmidt kommentiert: „Am 6. Mai kommen die 27 EU-Mitgliedsländer und sechs Westbalkanstaaten per Videokonferenz zusammen, um über die europäischen Zukunftsperspektiven der Region zu beraten. Die Österreicherinnen und Österreicher stehen einer EU-Erweiterung um die Länder des Westbalkan weiterhin mit gemischten Gefühlen gegenüber. Kein Land in dieser Region kann, wenn es um den Beitritt zur Union geht, derzeit auf eine mehrheitliche Unterstützung der ÖsterreicherInnen zählen. Eine EU-Mitgliedschaft der Türkei ist aktuell völlig vom öffentlichen Radar verschwunden“ External link

ots Tuesday, May 5, 2020 11:06:00 AM CEST

Paul Schmidt betont: „Auch wenn die Corona-Krise zurzeit das Weltgeschehen dominiert: Der Erweiterungsprozess darf darunter nicht leiden. Gerade in Krisenzeiten wird die Zusammenarbeit und der fortlaufende Dialog noch wichtiger. Die neue Erweiterungsstrategie mit dem Fokus auf nachhaltige Reformen, Rechtsstaatlichkeit und Investitionen sowie die Ankündigung, Beitrittsgespräche mit Nordmazedonien und Albanien aufzunehmen, geht daher in die richtige Richtung“ External link

ots Tuesday, May 5, 2020 11:06:00 AM CEST

Noah Tucker explains: “For every 10 people who join, there are 10 different life stories, and often 10 different reasons” External link

crisisgroup Monday, May 4, 2020 12:23:00 PM CEST

Tonino Picula said: “President Vučić decided to introduce a state of emergency in Serbia without a time limit, which drastically limited not only the movement of citizens but also reduced some fundamental rights, such as the right to freedom of expression or the right to a fair trial,” External link

europeanwesternbalkans Tuesday, April 28, 2020 4:03:00 PM CEST

Tonino Picula said: “When we mention China, Russia or Hungary, President Vučić likes to maintain a sense of intimacy with the presidents of those countries. It plays on the emotions of people who find it difficult to understand that democracy is an optimal but also demanding process,” External link

europeanwesternbalkans Tuesday, April 28, 2020 4:03:00 PM CEST

Tonino Picula said: “This process is regularly monitored through progress reports. If the distancing continues, I can hardly imagine the successful conclusion of the membership negotiations or the completion of the ratification procedures in the parliaments of all EU Member States,” External link

europeanwesternbalkans Tuesday, April 28, 2020 4:03:00 PM CEST

Ruhsar Pekcan dedi: "Firmalar kapasite imkânları çerçevesinde yerli girdi ürünlerine yöneldi ve alternatif ithalat kaynaklarını tercih ediyor" External link

sabah Monday, April 27, 2020 6:15:00 AM CEST

Aleksandar Vucic said: "Serbia is extremely grateful to the EU for financial assistance and any other kind of solidarity, not only since we have been fighting the coronavirus, but also in the period when we fought against the effects of the floods and then COVID-19," External link

b92net_en Saturday, April 25, 2020 1:07:00 AM CEST

Sem Fabrizi said: "We are pleased that we were able to respond as soon as the crisis arose and as soon as the authorities asked us to do so," External link

b92net_en Saturday, April 25, 2020 1:07:00 AM CEST

Sem Fabrizi explained: "No one knows how long this crisis will last, but it is important for us to know that there is a common response. The European Council has designated assistance for the security network," External link

b92net_en Saturday, April 25, 2020 1:07:00 AM CEST

Sem Fabrizi said: "Serbia's path to the EU is something that makes the country stronger and more secure," External link

b92net_en Saturday, April 25, 2020 1:07:00 AM CEST

Aleksandar Vucic concluded: "Serbia is committed to its European path. The EU is our final desired destination," External link

b92net_en Saturday, April 25, 2020 1:07:00 AM CEST

Maxime Gauin diye konuştu (about Angela Merkel): "Merkel ve Alman parlamenterlerin kayda değer yasal ve tarihsel tartışmalar nedeniyle aniden fikirlerini değiştirdiği söylenebilir mi?" External link

aa Friday, April 24, 2020 7:53:00 PM CEST

Maxime Gauin diye konuştu (about Angela Merkel): "Merkel ve Alman parlamenterlerin kayda değer yasal ve tarihsel tartışmalar nedeniyle aniden fikirlerini değiştirdiği söylenebilir mi?" External link

gunes Friday, April 24, 2020 7:02:00 PM CEST

Oliver Varhelyi said: "Until recently, the country’s debt refinancing risks appeared low, as favourable market conditions in 2019 were used by the government to secure deposits to cover the country’s financing needs for the next two years. However, Montenegro’s fiscal position is expected to substantially deteriorate due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis," External link

seenews Wednesday, April 22, 2020 12:45:00 PM CEST

Dragica Sekulic said: "We will not have budget revenues the way we have had them in previous months and previous years. So, we will rely on lower budget revenues, there is already a certain minus accumulating," External link

seenews Wednesday, April 22, 2020 12:45:00 PM CEST

Ilhan Kyuchyuk said: “The European Parliament is only discussing the coronavirus related issues, so far the only thing outside the coronavirus that we have voted on is the recommendations for the Western Balkans, we have not voted on anything else in the last month,” External link

mia-mk Tuesday, April 21, 2020 2:40:00 PM CEST

Ilhan Kyuchyuk told: “The basic topics always include democratization, human rights, North Macedonia has done a lot, surely there are things that remain to be done, but things have been done without anyone officially requesting it from North Macedonia, here is the law on public prosecution, something that the Netherlands demanded, but was not listed. Economic issues, digital transformation are important topics that will be part of this process,” External link

mia-mk Tuesday, April 21, 2020 2:40:00 PM CEST

Ana Pisonero said: “We have made it clear that we are in an unprecedented time and that national authorities must have the tools to act quickly and effectively to protect the public health of citizens. It is of the highest importance in every country,” External link

europeanwesternbalkans Tuesday, April 21, 2020 12:08:00 PM CEST

Noah Tucker explains: “For every 10 people who join, there are 10 different life stories, and often 10 different reasons” External link

crisisgroup Monday, April 20, 2020 12:11:00 PM CEST

Jovana Marović says: “Both the Government and the EU promoted the EU’s support. The Government also signed an agreement on joint procurement of medical supplies and other goods becoming part of the mechanism created by the EU to ensure faster procurement of medical supplies, which was described by the head of the delegation in Montenegro as a sign that the country is already part of the European family” External link

europeanwesternbalkans Friday, April 17, 2020 2:31:00 PM CEST

Milo Djukanovic said: “Let us hope that Europe, of which we are citizens, will learn from this problem and revitalise its fundamentals through the reforms that have already started” External link

europeanwesternbalkans Friday, April 17, 2020 2:31:00 PM CEST

Donika Emini says: “If one compares the financial aid provided to Kosovo, EU tops the list, followed by the US with 1.1 million dollars, and Turkey has provided masks and tests kits (the value is not shared with public). Kosovo did not receive any assistance from China, and if Russian assistance has been channeled to northern part of Kosovo – there is no official information in this regard, hence it remains in the margins of speculations” External link

europeanwesternbalkans Friday, April 17, 2020 2:31:00 PM CEST

Donika Emini explains (about Miroslav Lajcak): “The EU brought the money, but has very weak political power and credibility in Kosovo. This situation is not caused by the pandemic but it has derived from the lack of political will to deliver of visa liberalisation for Kosovo and the way the EU has managed the dialogue with Belgrade. In this regard, even the appointment of Miroslav Lajčák further contributed to this complex relation” External link

europeanwesternbalkans Friday, April 17, 2020 2:31:00 PM CEST

Donika Emini says (about Albin Kurti): “It was considered as ‘unlocking’ the US funds which had been on hold due to it’s stranded relation with the caretaker government led by (Albin) Kurti” External link

europeanwesternbalkans Friday, April 17, 2020 2:31:00 PM CEST

Donika Emini concludes: “This assistance was not only received by the Government but also by Presidents Advisors, as it was the President Thaçi himself who requested the aid from his political friend and partner President Erdoğan” External link

europeanwesternbalkans Friday, April 17, 2020 2:31:00 PM CEST

Oliver Varhelyi concluded: “One thing is clear: there will be no change in the negotiation framework between the two countries. Negotiations have progressed and the rules of the game cannot be changed whilst the game is already in progress. However, there are many benefits that derive from the new methodology. Changes, for example, in grouping can be placed in existing contexts, with the consent of the two countries. With the approval of the methodology, you will see its implementation, including the annual report package” External link

balkaneu Thursday, April 16, 2020 9:48:00 PM CEST

Oliver Varhelyi said: “With the revision of the methodology for the enlargement process and with the decision to open the accessions talks with Albania and North Macedonia we have put the enlargement policy back on track. We have restored its credibility, not only for the Western Balkans but also for our Member States,” External link

mia-mk Thursday, April 16, 2020 1:57:00 PM CEST

Oliver Varhelyi said: “As soon as we took over, work has started. Credibility was placed at the heart of the revised methodology, the first out of four principles. We have also put more predictability and dynamism in the process, and we gave it a stronger political steer,” External link

mia-mk Thursday, April 16, 2020 1:57:00 PM CEST

Noah Tucker explains: “For every 10 people who join, there are 10 different life stories, and often 10 different reasons” External link

crisisgroup Monday, April 6, 2020 10:13:00 AM CEST

Oliver Varhelyi said: “Opening of accession talks sends a loud and clear message not only to the two countries, but to the Western Balkans as a whole. It reaffirms and delivers on the EU’s commitment to the European perspective of the region: its present is with the EU and its future is in the EU,” External link

brusselstimes Monday, March 30, 2020 2:54:00 PM CEST

Michael Roth said: "If we allow there to be a political vacuum in the Western Balkans, then others who do not share our values will try to fill this political vacuum," External link

globalsecurity Saturday, March 28, 2020 2:58:00 AM CET

Oliver Varhelyi said: "With this report I do hope to convince member states that they are ready and we should be ready to open negotiations," External link

kathimerini-en Saturday, March 28, 2020 12:05:00 AM CET

Nikolai Dimitrov dichiarato: "Trovare il tempo per un gesto del genere in momenti difficili è un chiaro segno della dedizione dell'Italia alla prospettiva Ue dei Balcani occidentali. Insieme supereremo tutto: andrà tutto bene" External link

agenzianova Friday, March 27, 2020 4:43:00 PM CET

Ivan Scalfarotto dichiarato: “Eravamo rimasti delusi dal precedente stop all’avvio dei negoziati di adesione e avevamo insistito per premiare il grandissimo sacrificio fatto da Albania e Macedonia del Nord con un importante lavoro di riforme” External link

agenzianova Friday, March 27, 2020 4:43:00 PM CET

Michael Roth said: "If we allow there to be a political vacuum in the Western Balkans, then others who do not share our values will try to fill this political vacuum," External link

rferl Friday, March 27, 2020 3:05:00 AM CET

Josep Borrell declared: “I cannot tell you when it will happen, but what I can say is that Kosovo met all conditions for the liberalisation” External link

europeanwesternbalkans Thursday, March 26, 2020 9:08:00 AM CET

John Locke wrote: “No one can be… subjected to the political power of another without his own consent,” External link

newstatesman Wednesday, March 25, 2020 7:03:00 PM CET

Oliver Varhelyi insisté: "Ces conditions sont strictes mais équitables" External link

lexpress Wednesday, March 25, 2020 5:11:00 PM CET

Oliver Varhelyi reconnu: "plusieurs autres Etats avaient émis des doutes et des réserves" External link

lexpress Wednesday, March 25, 2020 5:11:00 PM CET

Gursel Baran dedi: “Eşi görülmemiş bir küresel sorunla karşı karşıyayız. Tek çaresi insan olduğumuzu hatırlamak ve birbirimize elimizden gelen yardımı esirgememek. Varlığı da yokluğu da kirayı da paylaşalım” External link

gercekgundem Wednesday, March 25, 2020 7:23:00 AM CET

Mario Holzner sagte: „Das Virus trifft am Westbalkan auf eine für solche Fälle weitestgehend unvorbereitete Gesellschaft ohne ausgebautem Gesundheits- oder Sozialsystem“ External link

Handelsblatt Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:14:00 PM CET

Mario Holzner sagte: „Einige der sonstigen Nachteile wie beispielsweise die schlechte Infrastruktur und damit mangelnde Konnektivität könnten sich allerdings ausnahmsweise positiv auswirken“ External link

Handelsblatt Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:14:00 PM CET

Aleksandar Vucic kritisierte: „Die europäische Solidarität gibt es nicht“ External link

Handelsblatt Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:14:00 PM CET

Mario Holzner sagte: „Mangelnde europäische Solidarität wird im gesamten Süden Europas das Image der EU beschädigen, sollte es nicht doch noch gelingen, auf EU-Ebene Instrumente der gerechten Verteilung von medizinischem Material zu organisieren – auch für die Kandidatenländer am Westbalkan“ External link

Handelsblatt Tuesday, March 24, 2020 6:14:00 PM CET

Ekaterina Zaharieva scritto: "La Bulgaria è sempre stata un forte sostenitore della prospettiva europea di entrambi i paesi" External link

agenzianova Tuesday, March 24, 2020 5:56:00 PM CET

Nikos Anastasiades sagte: „Trotz der Maßnahmen, die wir ergriffen haben, der Aufopferung tausender Arbeiter, des Leidens der Eltern, deren Kinder aktuell im Ausland sind und bleiben müssen, gibt es leider einige Verhaltensweisen, die einen Mangel an Disziplin, Eigenverantwortung und Respekt aufzeigen, und die die gesamte Bevölkerung in Gefahr bringen,“ External link

euractiv-de Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:55:00 AM CET

Roman Prymula sagte: „Die Situation in anderen europäischen Ländern dürfte nicht gut sein. Es wird monatelang dauern,“ External link

euractiv-de Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:55:00 AM CET

Adam Vojtěch fügte: „Wir müssen eine zweite oder dritte Welle der Epidemie vermeiden. Deswegen müssen wir verhindern, dass sich Menschen aus anderen Staaten – wie zum Beispiel Italien, Frankreich, Spanien und Deutschland – hier treffen.“ External link

euractiv-de Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:55:00 AM CET

Viktor Orban kündigte: „Wenn die Oppositionsabgeordneten nicht für die Verlängerung des Ausnahmezustands stimmen, werden wir die Krise eben ohne sie lösen,“ External link

euractiv-de Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:55:00 AM CET

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