Poland for prompt EU access of Western Balkan states - FM

Czaputowicz reminded that Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania were official membership candidates, with Montenegro and Serbia already in accession talks. Leszek Szymański/PAP

Poland and its neighbours support the prompt EU accession of the Western Balkan countries, Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz said on Friday after a Warsaw sitting of foreign ministers from countries involved in the Berlin Process initiative.

Asked about the Western Balkan states' EU membership prospects, Czaputowicz reminded that Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania were official membership candidates, with Montenegro and Serbia already in accession talks.

Czaputowicz said progress in the matter will depend on the candidate states' progress in implementing necessary changes. He admitted, however, that Poland and its neighbours saw the need for "a certain readiness" on the EU side, and were for a possibly prompt EU access for the Western Balkan states. He also informed that EC documentation named 2025 as the accession year.

The Berlin Process is a German-led inter-governmental initiative to promote the expansion of the European Union to the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Serbia) and to strengthen regional cooperation. The initiative comprises eight EU countries, namely, Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Great Britain. Poland joined the project last year and has taken over its presidency in January.