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Thursday, June 21, 2018, 

EU must avoid balkanisation of Balkans: commissioner

EU must avoid balkanisation of Balkans: commissioner

Brussels, 8 March 2018 (MIA) - The EU must avoid balkanisation of the Balkans and bring the Western Balkans closer on its European path, said European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos on Thursday, MIA reports from Brussels.

EU's cooperation with countries of the Western Balkans, which is one of the priorities of the Bulgarian Presidency, was among the topics at today's Justice and Home Affairs Council that tackled security, borders, and migration.

"Cooperation with the Western Balkans in the issues of migration, security, borders has become more important than ever. We want to continue engaging with the Western Balkans on all aspects, including border management, fight against terrorism, countering radicalisation, fight against serious and organised crime, drugs, migrant smuggling, and trafficking in firearms," said Avramopoulos after the meeting.

He added that now is the time to bring the Western Balkans closer on the European path, because it is already part of Europe, historically, culturally and geographically.

"We must at all cost avoid reverting to the dark pages of history, to the balkanisation of the Balkans. Now is the moment to open a new and reinforced chapter in our relations. It is in the interest of our own stability, prosperity, and security to help this region move forward, in its European perspective," stressed the EU commissioner. ik/20:12