High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell visits the Western Balkans

The High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, will visit North Macedonia, Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina from 13 to 16 March. The visit will reaffirm the EU’s commitment and support to the region, also taking into account the Russian war against Ukraine and its impact on the security of Europe as a whole.

On Monday, HR/VP Borrell will travel to Skopje, North Macedonia, where he will meet President Stevo Pendarovski, Prime Minister Dimitar Kovačevski and Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Bojan Marichijk, Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani , Defense Minister Slavjanka Petrovska as well as with Speaker of Parliament Talat Xhaferi and leaders of parliamentary groups. The High Representative will hold a press point with Prime Minister Kovačevski at 12:00, which will be broadcast on EbS. The High Representative will also participate in an event where representatives of civil society and youth organizations will present their work on the contribution of the Western Balkans to the Conference on the Future of Europe. The event will be streamed live on the EEAS(link is external) Facebook channel.

On Tuesday, the High Representative will travel to Tirana, Albania, where he will meet Prime Minister Edi Rama. Their meeting will be followed by a press briefing at 11 a.m. High Representative Borrell will meet other representatives of the Albanian authorities and representatives of civil society and visit the ongoing restoration works of the mosaic of the National Museum of History, renovated under the EU aid to the recovery after the earthquake.

On Wednesday, the High Representative will travel to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he will first visit the EUFOR Althea operation, whose troop capacity on the ground has been nearly doubled recently. High Representative Borrell will then meet the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina, representatives of political oppositions and civil society.

Press engagements throughout the visit will be broadcast on EbS.

Photos and videos of the mission will be available on EbS and remarks from the press briefings will be published on the EEAS website.

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