In its Annual report on the implementation of the Common Security and Defence Policy, the European Parliament reiterates the need for the EU to re-establish its strategic focus on the Western Balkans.
The report also states that the EU should continue realizing its ambitions in the Western Balkan region, thus giving a new impetus to the EU enlargement policy.
The report was compiled by the Chairman of the European Parliament’s Foreign Policy Committee, David McAllister and will be officially adopted by the Parliament on 13th December.
In the report, McAllister goes on to say that “the security of all EU citizens, the EU’s territorial integrity and the stability of the neighbourhood, especially the Western Balkans, are key prerequisites for EU’s stability”.
The document reiterates “the strategic importance of the Western Balkans for the security and stability of the EU and the need to focus and strengthen the EU’s political engagement towards the region, including by strengthening the mandate of our Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) missions”, and adds “in order to overcome the EU’s vulnerability there is a need for more integration as well as coordination”.
Furthermore, McAllister invites the European Parliament to invest more effort into improving the social, economic and political environment in the region, and adds that regional reconciliation and European integration process is the best way to fend off outside influences and meddling, as well as the influence exerted by the Salafi and Wahhabi movements, organized crime, altercations between the countries and hybrid threats.
The document also salutes the developments regarding the Berlin Process and the Summit in Trieste which both contributed to the Western Balkan countries becoming a step closer to the EU membership. McAllister invites the European Commission to consider allocating more funds to the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) as one of the most important tools for supporting reforms in the Balkan countries.
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