V4 Ministers discuss integration of Western Balkans at meeting in Bratislava

Foreign affairs ministers of the Visegrad Four (V4) countries (Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland) met on Friday, October 22, in Bratislava to discuss the process of European and Euro-Atlantic integration of countries of the western Balkans region, the TASR newswire reported. Attending the meeting as well was the European Commissioner for Enlargement, Štefan Fule from the Czech Republic, and a representative of the Belgian EU Presidency, TASR wrote. They were joined in the Friday afternoon session by Foreign Affairs Ministers from western Balkan countries (Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo) for informal talks.

Foreign affairs ministers of the Visegrad Four (V4) countries (Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland) met on Friday, October 22, in Bratislava to discuss the process of European and Euro-Atlantic integration of countries of the western Balkans region, the TASR newswire reported.

Attending the meeting as well was the European Commissioner for Enlargement, Štefan Fule from the Czech Republic, and a representative of the Belgian EU Presidency, TASR wrote. They were joined in the Friday afternoon session by Foreign Affairs Ministers from western Balkan countries (Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo) for informal talks.

The event took place under the Slovak chairmanship of the V4 group, with ministers Mikuláš Dzurinda, Karel Schwarzenberg (Czech Republic), János Martonyi (Hungary) and Radoslaw Sikorski (Poland) also discussing closer cooperation in carrying out joint projects and sharing know-how on the integration process with the Balkan countries.

The meeting was convened with an eye towards sending a clear message about the V4 countries' support for further enlargement of the EU, especially in 2011 when Hungary and Poland will share the presidency of the EU, TASR wrote.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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