BalkansReport

Sarajevo…

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(BRUSSELS2) For a whirlwind 24-hour trip, I am in Sarajevo for the EU-Balkans “embedded” summit with the team of the French Secretary of State, Pierre Lellouche. This summit, which brings together the main protagonists of the region and European ministers (several made the trip: Bildt for Sweden, Lajcak for Slovakia), is intended, 10 years after the Zagreb summit, to reiterate that these countries have, all, vocation to integrate the European Union but, at the same time, to warn that the road will be long until accession.

To enable it to be held with all the countries in the region (Serbs and Kosovars included), it was decided to adopt the “gymnich” format. Meeting participants are referred to only by name and not by country. The word “summit” has also been officially erased; the meeting being officially called “high-level ministerial meeting”. A solution which allows the Serbs to be at the same table as the Kosovars without denying their territorial claim to this former province of former Yugoslavia.

(NVP)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).