France publishes Strategy for West Balkans

The French government published on Tuesday its Strategy for West Balkans. The publication follows the informal summit of EU and West Balkans in Berlin, co-organised by the French President Emanuel Macron, who at the moment opposes the enlargement of the EU with Macedonia and Albania. The analyses of the strategy confirm that the countries of the West Balkan (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia) realised significant progress in the processes for EU integration, but that they also need to do a lot more. According to Macron’s demands, the strategy will focus on France aiding the stabilisation of six non-EU members of the West Balkans, in particular Macedonia, Albania, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Macron is also expected to visit Serbia, Kosovo and Albania, and there is still no information whether his agenda will include visit of Macedonia too.