"By the adoption of the strategy for ‘A credible enlargement perspective for an enhanced EU engagement with the Western Balkans’, European future of Western Balkans has been confirmed. It is recognised as a geostrategic investment in a stable, strong and united Europe based on common values. This perspective also lists the priorities and the areas in which the cooperation should be strengthened, the specific challenges the Western Balkans faces, in particular, the need for fundamental reforms and good neighbourly relations. On the other hand, we, the EU, also need to prepare our self for the new members, in the financial and institutional context. We need to be stronger, more solid and more efficient before we can become bigger.
There is no doubt that the EU is now faced with an unprecedented set of the crisis on the external borders, as well as in open issues concerning its internal functioning. In this condition, the EU needs evidence that it is capable of solving major problems of our continent in the 21st century, as it was capable in the second half of the 20th century. Everything contributing that image of the EU will have to be supported by Brussels", writes Picula.
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