V4 foreign ministers continued their regular high-level political dialogue with their Western Balkans counterparts at a summit in Rogalin, Poland, which was the last ministerial-level meeting of the 2020/2021 Polish V4 Presidency. Representatives of the Visegrad Group, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North-Macedonia and Serbia, as well as Croatia, and the EU’s Special Representative for the Belgrade-Pristina Dialogue discussed EU enlargement, the COVID-19 crisis and post-pandemic recovery, and regional cooperation.
The V4 ministers issued a joint statement in which they expressed their unequivocal support for the European aspirations of the Western Balkan partners and the firm prospect of their full European Union membership.
The V4 ministers also welcomed the briefings by the Executive Directors of the International Visegrad Fund (IVF) and the Western Balkans Fund (WBF) on their activities, including future cooperation in the field of start-ups and think tanks, and the signing of a memorandum on the V4’s continued technical assistance to the WBF, an institution established by the six Western Balkans governments based on the successful model of the IVF.
Video: Meeting of the Visegrad Group and the Western Balkan foreign ministers
(credit: Poland MFA)