Western Balkan security tops agenda as EU interior ministers meet in Brussels

European interior ministers convened in Brussels on March 8 2018 to discuss how the bloc will coordinate its latest security and migration policies with Western Balkan states.

The meeting came following the European Commission’s strategy for the Western Balkans, published last month, which formally outlined the EU’s hope that the remaining nonmember states in the region will be ready to join the bloc by 2025. These include Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania.

“Accession is not a dream but a reality, a reality that is going to come,” Juncker told reporters. “But more importance needs to be paid to the substance than the calendar.”

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