Spain approves of Declaration to be signed at Sofia Summit of Western Balkan nations

Ambassadors of all 28 EU members, including Spain, have approved a draft Declaration that should be adopted at the EU-sponsored summit for the Western Balkan state that is due to take place in Sofia, Bulgaria.

“The draft Declaration was approved by the Ambassador of Spain to the EU. It is now up to the member states themselves to adopt it”, the spokesperson for Bulgaria’s standing representation at EU, Geneva Chervenkova has said.

The Spanish daily, the Pais reported earlier today, citing anonymous sources, that Spain vetoed the document, because the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rahoj did not want for his signature to be put on a document that will be also signed by Kosovo officials.

Chervenkova, however, has refuted these claims and added: “Ambassadors have approved the draft of the Declaration. The declaration is now sent to the Western Balkan countries for consultations. “

Standing representatives of all 28 EU member states approved the draft declaration at a meeting held last Thursday in Brussels.

Diplomatic sources in Brussels say that a compromise solution was found regarding Rahoja’s refusal to sign the document, adding that only 28 EU member states are going to adopt the declaration, as opposed to the previous idea of 28 EU states+6 Western Balkan states adopting it.

The sources also say that it has not been confirmed as yet whether Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rahoj will attend the EU Western Balkans Summit itself.

Serbian President, Aleksandar Vucic said that said that Serbia must attend the EU Summit for the Western Balkans in Sofia on 17th May, as it would not be good for the country not to be present at the gathering of the most powerful European leaders, adding that he would talk to Prime Minister, Ana Brnabic about who would represent Serbia.

Serbia’s President also pointed out that Bulgaria’s Prime Minister and President Boyko Borisov and Rumen Radev respectively would host the summit in Sofia, that would also be attended by all European countries, and added that „Serbia could not, figuratively, stab Bulgaria in the back and pretend that it doesn’t care“.

(Danas, Blic, 24.04.2018)


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