Bringing Western Balkans closer to EU – among EC’s priorities in 2018

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Bringing the Western Balkans closer to the EU is one of the EC’s priorities in 2018. “In the first meeting of 2018, the College of Commissioners discussed the institutional priorities for this year, a year to deliver on the reform of the Economic and Monetary Union, secure the EU's borders, overhaul the EU's asylum system, get back to Schengen, complete the Digital Single Market, and bring the Western Balkans closer to the Union. 89 priority files are currently on the table, 29 have already been delivered, and the College discussed how to ensure that the rest is finalised before May 2019,” the Commission said in a press-release on Wednesday. In an interview with Deutsche Welle, the President of the Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker said the Western Balkan countries deserved an EU membership perspective.

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