Ratas attending EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia


"With the sanctions the Americans are to impose, you can't do business in Iran if you also have business in the USA, and we have that on a large scale", Skou told Reuters in an interview following the firm's first-quarter report. "We have a lot of candidates for membership, but Serbia and Montenegro are in the first place".

"I am not in favor of moving toward enlargement before having all the necessary certainty and before having made a real reform to allow a deepening and better functioning of the European Union".

"Membership in the EU means the sharing of values and principles, such as respect for the rule of law, independence of the judiciary and freedom of expression - because the EU is above all a union of values and rights", Juncker said.

European Council President Donald Tusk, who chaired the summit, said that it's important to continue the integration process and reassure the six that their future lies with Europe, not with Russian Federation.

He said this on Thursday, may 17, at the summit of the Western Balkans and the European Union, held in Sofia, Bulgaria and carried out with the aim to strengthen ties between the region and Brussels, reports Politico. Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy decided against travelling to Sofia because of it.

French President Emmanuel Macron said he wanted the countries, collectively referred to as the Western Balkans, to have a "supported dialogue, a perspective", but warned against hasty moves.

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Bulgaria's prime minister recently warned Russian Federation and China will otherwise gain toeholds in the region.

Aside from the current disputes, many other Western Balkan states suffer from organised crime operating in their country. By working together, we will do much more, and organizing these two high-level events - in Sofia and London, shows that we are capable of doing so, said Theresa May. Representatives from employers' associations, trade unions and other civil society organizations from the EU and the Western Balkans, as well as representatives of EU institutions, Bulgarian officials and members of Bulgarian organized civil society gathered to discuss concrete recommendations from civil society to be put forward to the national authorities and the European institutions.

"I believe we have covered a major part of the distance, but there is still distance to cover", his Greek colleague added.

The excellent cooperation between Bulgaria and the United Kingdom in the field of security was noted during the bilateral meeting.

But while Europe sees the pact as vital for worldwide security, Trump denounced it as "the worst deal ever" for failing to curb Iran's separate ballistic missile programme and its influence in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon. This is one of the areas in which we want to preserve and develop cooperation with our partners, the British Prime Minister said.

Prime Minister Borisov pointed out that joint work should continue, especially in countering terrorism and organized crime. "We have heard the problems of the Bulgarian carriers". In his words, with more political will, much greater efficiency can be achieved with the huge funds allocated to tackling the migration problem and there are unquestionable results concerning all European citizens.