9 June 2017
Brussels – ESI on the Western Balkans at the Political Assembly of the European People's Party
EPP President Joseph Daul. Photo: EPP
EPP President Joseph Daul. Photo: EPP

ESI's Gerald Knaus participated in a panel debate on "Chances and Challenges of the Western Balkan Countries on their Euro-Atlantic Path" at the Political Assembly of the European People's Party (EPP). The two other panelists were Daniel Mitov, former Foreign Minister of Bulgaria, and Eduard Auer, Head of Division 'Western Balkans' European External Action Service.

Following the debate, EPP President Joseph Daul made the following statement:

"The Western Balkans remains a priority region for the EPP, as the European Union will not be complete until these countries join our union. Our commitment to the region is undeniable. A peaceful and prosperous Western Balkans will not only benefit the people of the region, especially the young generations, but also all Europeans. But more efforts must still be made in implementing the rule of law, fighting against corruption and reforming the judiciary."

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Photo credits
Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

You can find out more about Alan Grant on his websites:
Jonathan Lewis lives between London and Istanbul. He moved to London and spent many years studying photography and now specialises in photojournalism, documentary photography and commercial work for a wide variety of private and commercial clients in the UK, Europe and Turkey. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and publications and is used on the ESI website as well.

You can find out more about Jonathan Lewis on his website www.jonathanlewisphoto.com