Western Balkans Summit

Polish Presidency of the Berlin Process will host the first ministerial meeting on 11-12 April in Warsaw. Foreign ministers of the Berlin Process countries and officials from the European Commission, the European Foreign Action Service and the Regional Youth Cooperation Office will discuss bilateral issues in the Western Balkan region, the situation of young people, specifically their participation in the labour market. The Western Balkans Summit in Poznan is scheduled to take place on 4 and 5 July 2019.

The Polish Presidency has set four priorities for the Berlin Process:

1) the economy;

2) connectivity (mutual infrastructural links);

3) the civic dimension (the civil society, think tanks, youth and culture);

4) security.

Poland plans to present its cross-sectional experiences in transformation, accession negotiations and absorption of EU funds. The Polish Presidency programme was developed on the basis of broad consultations with representatives of the governments and civil societies of the Western Balkans carried out by the Government’s Plenipotentiary for the Organization of the Summit, Deputy Foreign Minister Szymon Szynkowski vel Sęk.

For more information please visit their website https://berlinprocess.info/.

1st Meeting of the Berlin Process Security Commitments Steering Group

At the London Western Balkans Summit Interior and Security Ministers agreed to establish a Berlin Process Security Commitments Steering Group, which will be chaired by the UK for the first year. The first Group meeting which will take place on 20 November 2018, in Podgorica, hosted by the Montenegrin Ministry of Interior.

Berlin Process Security Commitments Steering Group: terms of reference available here.

Berlin Process London Summit Preparatory Meeting

Between 14-16 May 2018, the Ministry of Interior of Macedonia is organizing a preparatory Security Meeting in Struga, Macedonia. The preparatory meeting will provide an opportunity for the representatives of the Western Balkan countries to prepare for the Fifth Summit within the Berlin Process that will be held on 10th July 2018 in London. They will also address the topic of cooperation in tackling common treats and also exchange information in various areas such as corruption, serious and organized crime, trafficking in human beings illicit drug and firearm trade and other.