The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diaspora of the Republic of Kosovo, Mrs. Donika Gërvalla, is participating today in the meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs of the Western Balkans, which is being held in Thessaloniki, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece.
The main topic of this meeting is the dialogue of the Western Balkan countries on the European future. The meeting was greeted by the EU Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, Mr. Olivér Várhelyi, while Mr. Gašper Dovžan, State Secretary of Slovenia, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the EU Council, is taking part in the meeting as well.
In her speech during the meeting, Minister Gërvalla expressed gratitude to Greece for its strategic approach and willingness to invest in comprehensive regional cooperation, as well as in advocating for the need for the inclusion of the Western Balkans in the European Union. "We really consider that this active role and contribution is valuable not only for regional cooperation, but also for peace and stability in the Balkans," Gërvalla added.
Speaking on regional issues, Minister Gërvalla mentioned the importance of cooperation, referring to the Berlin process as a platform for regional cooperation in relation to the EU, which was also emphasized during Tuesday's meeting in Tirana with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
"We must take a proactive and pro-EU stance. We must take very seriously these fundamental discussions about the future of Europe that are taking place now. "As far as my country is concerned, we will not change the direction towards the EU, we will not look for competitive structures", added Minister Gërvalla.
According to Kosovo's chief diplomat, the idea of an Open Balkans is perceived throughout the EU as a competing concept to the EU.
In this regard, Gërvalla said that the Republic of Kosovo is determined on its path to the EU and is not looking for competitive structures.