Vyhlásenie MZVaEZ SR k zverejneniu stratégie Európskej komisie pre západný Balkán a jeho európsku perspektívu
Statement of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic on publication of the strategy of the European Commission for the Western Balkans and its European prospects
The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic welcomed the publication of the strategy of the European Commission for the Western Balkans and its European prospects. The EU´s enlargement based on meeting the set criteria is a strategic investment into a safe, stable and unified European Union based on common values.
We are convinced that the submitted strategy provides concrete stimuli for a more efficient realization of necessary reforms by the candidate countries and potential candidates as well as for intensifying the resolution of regional and bilateral challenges. The strategy proposes measures focused on assistance in improving the rule of law, democracy and reinforcing economic output as well as in improving implementation of EU standards in the Western Balkans. We believe that the candidates and potential candidates that could join the EU will use the opportunities being offered to attest to their resolve in realizing the necessary changes.
Slovakia supports the initiative that the EU stated a time horizon of the possible entrance of the candidate countries into the EU if they meet the membership criteria. With increased efforts made by the candidates and the EU the first countries or a single country could be ready for EU membership in 2025. Pursuant to our long-term policy, we will continue in supporting the reform and integration processes, also through providing our own reform expertise.