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FM addresses high-level gathering in Montenegro

Δημοσίευση 29 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 12:55 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
FM addresses high-level gathering in Montenegro
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Greek foreign minister Dimitris Droutsas on Friday expressed conviction that the future of Montenegro and of the entire western Balkans region was "in the European family, the EU, in this community of values", addressing a meeting of diplomats and senior public administration officials in Montenegro.

Greek foreign minister Dimitris Droutsas on Friday expressed conviction that the future of Montenegro and of the entire western Balkans region was "in the European family, the EU, in this community of values", addressing a meeting of diplomats and senior public administration officials in Montenegro.

"This is the only way to move forward. There are no alternative solutions," Droutsas said, stressing that "Greece is at your side, on the road to the European Union".

In his address, titled "Bringing Europe to the heart of the Western Balkans: the story of Montenegro", in the context of his visit to Montenegro for an SEECP ministerial meeting, Droutsas outlined Greece's "Agenda 2014" initiative, which he called a "peace plan 100 years after the declaration of WWI, a symbolic date to awaken Europe and the enlargement process but also the reform creativity in the western Balkan countries".

Noting that Greece will hold the rotating EU presidency in the first half of 2014, Droutsas said that "we will build on the successful example of the Thessaloniki 2003 Agenda, and our goal is to convene another EU-Western Balkans summit, a Thessaloniki II".

"Our aspiration is the adoption of a political declaration that will set specific targets for completion of the Western Balkans' accession course," he said, noting that an indicative date for the region's accession to the EU could be 2018, "a symbolic date as it marks 100 years from the end of the War".

Droutsas also endorsed the Euro-Atlantic prospect, provided all the criteria and values required for NATO accession are met.
On the European economic crisis, he said that despite the voices being heard, the European budget should not be reduced, and new and more investment tools, such as the eurobonds -- the promotion of which the Greek government is acting systematically --  need to be utilised.

Asked whether, with so many problems it is facing, Europe will open its doors to new members, Droutsas responded that "without vision there is no path", stressing that very good preparation must be made.