Polish president calls for open-door EU policy for Western Balkans

Polish president calls for open-door EU policy for Western Balkans. Malton Dibra/PAP/EPA

Polish President Andrzej Duda told reporters in Tirana, Albania, on Thursday that "Europe needs South-Eastern Europe while South-Eastern Europe needs Europe," and stressed that the EU must keep its door open to Western Balkan countries.

Addressing a press conference held during the South-Eastern European countries' summit in Tirana on May 8 and 9, Duda said that he was convinced that Western Balkan countries would become part of the EU "if they are granted wise support."

He also underlined that EU enlargement should be considered as equally important as Brexit in the future agenda of the EC and other EU institutions.

"These problems are of the same significance," he said.

Duda emphasised that it was always the EU's goal to make the union as big as possible, as strong as possible, and one of the largest global economies, or the largest one. "Reaching this goal will be possible only if the EU is expanding, not shrinking," he remarked.