High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell writes in his political blog that the EU needs to take concrete measures for maintaining the European perspective among the Western Balkans. “I wanted to exchange with the Western Balkans leaders openly and informally about their concerns and proposals for the region and its European future, as well as a more strategic approach to the European foreign policy. In addition to the difficult history of the region comes the game of the aspiring ‘new empires’, with Russia and China trying to increase their leverage and weaken the EU. Despite a more secure and stable environment now, the region is still far from resilient. Concretely, Albania and North Macedonia are expecting the first Intergovernmental Conferences on EU accession in June,” Borrell writes.