The President of the European Parliament David Sassoli called for the Western Balkan countries to be allowed to join the European Union, calling the expansion a “positive project to promote peace and prosperity.”
“Expansion can bring huge benefits to the region and Europe as a whole, and helps to ensure a stable, prosperous and peaceful continent,” EU Parliament Speaker David Sassoli told Funke Mediengruppe on Sunday.
He added that the speed will depend on whether it meets the criteria for joining.
“These countries still need to implement reforms,” Sassoli said, adding that “the EU must also keep its promises and recognize the progress made.”
In addition to Serbia and Montenegro, the Western Balkan countries also include Albania, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo.
dpa wrote that the EU is already negotiating with Montenegro and Serbia to join the EU, while Albania and North Macedonia are official candidates, and Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo are considered potential candidates for the negotiations.