EU-Western Balkans summit, Brdo pri Kranju, Slovenia, 6 October 2021

Agenda highlights

Hosted by the Slovenian presidency of the Council in Brdo pri Kranju, the EU-Western Balkans summit will bring together leaders from:

  • EU member states
  • the six Western Balkans partners: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, the Republic of North Macedonia and Kosovo*

Charles Michel, President of the European Council, will chair the summit. President Michel and Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, will

represent the EU.

remarks by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell upon departure

This has been a very interesting debate. We are very much aware that the world is experiencing a shift in the geopolitical balance of power. There is a big bi-polarity between China and the United States on one side. And then, on the other side, there is a multi-polarity of actors. And Europeans have to act.

Europeans have to create a common strategic culture to share the challenges they are facing. This is what the Strategic Compass is about. The Council asked me to

continue working to present this Strategic Compass to the Ministers of Defense [of the European Union] in November, which will be our answer to these challenges.

The summit is part of the EU’s strategic engagement with the Western Balkans, in line with the 2019-2024 Strategic Agenda. It follows the 2018 EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sofia and the 2020 EU-Western Balkans Zagreb summit, which was held via video conference.

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