High-level roundtable on the European integration process of the Western Balkans
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High-level roundtable on the European integration process of the Western Balkans

MEPs will discuss the process of European integration for the Western Balkans with Members of national parliaments from the region on Tuesday at 15.00 CET.

The high-level roundtable will be officially opened by the President of the European Parliament David Sassoli, followed by an address by Olivér Várhelyi, the new European Commissioner for the EU neighbourhood and enlargement portfolio, in his first official visit to the European Parliament as Commissioner. These interventions will be wrapped up with an exchange of views on current challenges and the future prospects for EU enlargement policy between MEPs and Members of Parliament, including political and parliamentary group leaders, from countries in the Western Balkans: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

The remainder of the meeting will be held in camera. The opening session, which will go on for an hour, will be moderated by EP Vice-President Fabio Castaldo (NI, IT). Here is the programme.

WHERE: European Parliament’s Spinelli building in Brussels, room 1E2.

Press point

The Chair of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, David McAllister (EPP, DE), will also hold a press point on the same subject on Wednesday, 4 December at 12.00 CET, outside meeting room 2Q2 in the European Parliament’s Antall building in Brussels.

Journalists with European Parliament media accreditation are welcome to attend the press point (Wednesday) and the opening of the roundtable (Tuesday).

European Parliament resolution

In October, the European Parliament adopted a resolution expressing deep disappointment over the failure to agree on opening EU accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia at the EU summit on 17-18 October. Read more here.