Berlin to host Western Balkans conference on Friday
07. December 2010. | 06:42
Berlin will host a Western Balkans conference on Friday, which could be used to move Serbia's EU integration forward, according to expert opinions.
The meeting will be opened by Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and his Austrian counterpart Michael Spindelegger.
The main topics will be the Western Balkans' EU integration, security, reconciliation and economic cooperation within the region, as well as with Germany, U.S. and Austria, said Mathias Dornfeldt, representative of the Aspen Institute, the organizer of the event.
According to the organizer, Serbia should be represented by Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration Bozidar Djelic.
Dornfeldt feels that there will be certain signals and contacts that should serve to push Serbia's EU integration forward. He thinks it is good that Djelic is going to take part in the meeting, adding that it shows the significance the Serbian authorities give to the event.
According to Dornfeldt, six foreign ministers from the Western Balkans have confirmed their arrival. Kosovo representative Flora Citaku will also attend the event, he noted.
According to the organizers, the conference will employ the so-called Gymnich formula of representation, meaning that the participants will have only their own names in front of them, without the name of their country. Meetings such as this do not result in any formal conclusions.