Sassoli: Parliaments are the main drivers of the enlargement process
BRUSSELS – “Enlargement is synonymous with hope for everyone. We call on the Council to keep its promises and to speed up the enlargement process ”, declared the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli, after the second summit of presidents of the Western Balkans.
“Together, we reaffirmed the central role of our institutions in moving the enlargement process forward. As inclusive spaces for dialogue and exchange of views, parliaments can foster mutual understanding and reconciliation in the Western Balkans, thereby directly contributing to peace, stability, prosperity and the strengthening of democracy. in the region, so many essential elements for our common European future ”, says Sassoli.
He added that this role is becoming even more important in light of the COVID -19 pandemic which has disrupted our societies and challenged democracies around the world.
According to Sassoli, in a joint statement, they further called on the Council of the European Union to keep its promises and to take urgent decisive action to speed up the enlargement process.
“The European perspective and an EU accession process based on the merit of the Western Balkans remain in the political, security and economic interest of the Union. Enlargement represents more than ever a geostrategic investment in a stable, strong and united Europe, ”said Sassoli.
Today, the speakers of the parliaments of the Western Balkans gathered for the Second Summit of Speakers of the Western Balkans at the invitation of the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli.
They were joined by the Presidents of the Portuguese and Slovenian Parliaments, representing the current and future Presidencies of the Council of the European Union.
In the joint declaration, the speakers reaffirmed the central role of parliaments in the enlargement process and committed to working together to further strengthen its parliamentary dimension, including in the perspective of the EU-Western Balkans summit in 2021.
They insisted that parliaments should strengthen their role as inclusive spaces for dialogue and exchange of views, fostering mutual understanding and reconciliation in the Western Balkans.
Speakers called on the EU Council to keep its promises and urgently take decisive action to speed up the enlargement process, stressing that the European perspective and a merit-based EU accession process of the Western Balkans remain within the political, security and economic framework of the Union.
They added that enlargement remains more than ever a geostrategic investment in a stable, strong and united EU.