Prime Minister Andrej Plenković in Geneva (Photo: HRT) Prime Minister Andrej Plenković in Geneva (Photo: HRT)

Participants discussed challenges currently facing South East Europe.

The current situation regarding expansion of the European Union to South East Europe looks bleak, especially after a decision by the European Council to not begin negotiations with Northern Macedonia and Albania.

The decision that has been primarily attributed to France was commented on by French President Emmanuel Macron in an interview with The Economist. He said that he is determined to see changes to procedures for acceptance of new members to the Union and until this happens he will not support candidacies by any country.

He caused controversy by saying that if someone is concerned about the region, the first issues are not Northern Macedonia or Albania but rather Bosnia and Herzegovina, which he described as a time bomb ticking right next to Croatia and a country facing the problem of Jihadist returnees.

The chairman of the Bosnia and Herzegovina presidency Željko Komšić has already reacted calling in the French ambassador in the country to explain Macron's standpoints.

Discussion also included dialog between Kosovo and Serbia.

Attending the meeting were the Union's future High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security Josep Borrell and the American representative for the Western Balkans Mathew Palmer.

Source: HRT