The European Union is seriously committed to the European perspective of the Western Balkans, which remains one of its top priorities. On the other hand, for the countries to progress towards EU membership, it is necessary for the governments of the region to continue to implement substantial reforms. The region needs to work harder to increase citizens’ trust in institutions. This was stated Wednesday by EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Oliver Varhelyi at the presentation of the Balkan Barometer (BB2020) held online, organized by the Regional Cooperation Council. Varhelyi noted that in the coming days the European Commission will present the Draft Negotiation Framework for North Macedonia and Albania to the EU Council, along with an updated progress report on the two countries.