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European Union lauds commitment of Western Balkans to bloc's values

European Union lauds commitment of Western Balkans to bloc's values

"We have made a decision to support the Iran deal despite the USA actions".

"It is clear that all these countries have a clear accession perspective to the European Union", said German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is a strong supporter of bringing the Western Balkans in. That move has shaken the bloc to its foundations and a group of nations led by France insist that the European Union must first clean its own house before it invites anyone else in.

British Prime Minister Theresa May agreed with the leaders of Germany and France on Thursday to uphold the Iran nuclear deal after meeting on the sidelines of the European Union summit in Bulgaria, Reuters reported.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has in the past said that the European Union needs to accept Western Balkan states in order the avoid a war in the region, PAP reported.

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives for an informal dinner ahead of a summit with leaders of the six Western Balkans countries in Sofia, Bulgaria, May 16, 2018.

The president of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, said on Thursday he plans to propose the delivery of a financial package of 10 billion euro ($11.8 billion) to improve the transport and digital infrastructure in the Western Balkans.

The summit aims to enhance partnerships between countries and further guarantee the European Investment Bank's commitment to improvements and support within the Western Balkans.

Domestic EU issues, such as the "Mobility Directive" debacle, that has sets Central and Eastern European states against the European Commission and France, also produced heated debates, with Bulgarian truck drivers protesting over tougher EU regulations in this sector with road blocades.

Aside from the current disputes, many other Western Balkan states suffer from organised crime operating in their country.

Saying that he was addressing himself to the Western media, Borissov said that taken together, the countries of the Western Balkans had a GDP equivalent to that of Slovakia but a population smaller than that of Romania.

The last British leader to visit the country was Tony Blair in 1999.

For us the stability and security of the Balkans is a very important topic.

President Donald Trump last week withdrew the USA from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, but European signatories vowed to salvage it. Merkel said Thursday after EU leaders met in Bulgaria that "all European Union member states still stand by this agreement". This is the right way, and your commitment to the topic and the positions of my colleagues from the European Council give me more confidence that we will be able to make the process irreversible, "the prime minister said". We will work for the security of the whole of Europe. Bulgaria's prime minister recently warned Russian Federation and China will otherwise gain toeholds in the region.

"We want to demonstrate that we care about socioeconomic development in the region here and now". 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.

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