Deputy Prime Minister for
European Affairs, and chief negotiator and head of the state delegation for
negotiations with the EU, Bujar Osmani, together with his deputy and chief
technical negotiator Bojan Maricic, are currently paying a working visit to
Tirana, Albania,where together with the Ministers and Deputy Prime Ministers
for European Integration of the countries of the region participated in the
Third Conference on Western Balkan Accession Reforms(WBAR).
Within the conference, a
joint declaration was signed by which the Western Balkan countries, relying on
the European Union's commitment to the enlargement policy, keeping this topic
high on their agenda, reaffirmed their efforts to promote good neighbourly
relations, reaffirmed their commitments towards regional cooperation through
mutual support and exchange of best practices in all aspects of the
pre-accession process, as well as all other efforts towards the European
perspective of the whole Western Balkans.
On the panel dedicated to the
EU's communication to the public during the conference, the participants
debated the successes, challenges and potentials for enhancing the
communication of European values within the Western Balkan countries.
The main threats were the
false news, which penetration threatens the objective reality and the truth,
which, in turn, creates the ground for the penetration of radical political
offers. In this context, it was emphasised that it is necessary to promote
cooperation and communication between the countries of the Western Balkans, in
order to assist each other in addressing these challenges.
Today's third Conference on
Accession Reforms in the Western Balkan Countries (WBAR) in Tirana, is backed
by the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU, preceding the first one
held in Skopje in 2015 and the second one held in Podgorica in 2017.
Within his working
visit to Tirana, Deputy Prime Minister Osmani had bilateral meetings with the
Federal Minister for Europe, Integrations and Foreign Affairs of Austria, Karin
Kneisle, the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Albania,
Ditmir Bushati and the Minister for European Integration of the Republic of
Kosovo, Dhurata Hoxha.