Jadranka Jelincic

Aleksandar Popov
"As the lessons from the previous enlargement process have clearly shown, the power of Europeanisation does not come only with formal membership of the Union. More importantly, it comes with the profound transformation of the societies in the process. While the process engulfed the rest of Europe, the peoples of the Western Balkans experienced a dramatically different reality. The present policy instruments of the EU were created to reflect that reality, as they were built around the goal of post-conflict reconstruction and stabilisation. They have greatly helped to push the threat of ethnic conflict into the background, making the region a far more promising place than it was five years ago."


Letter by Serbian NGOs to Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn, 14 April 2005

"The study (Assistance, Cohesion And The New Boundaries Of Europe) appears to have hit a nerve and has been the subject of several high-level meetings, including with the EU's high representative for foreign policy, Javier Solana. [...] The ESI report represents in many ways a departure from the conventional approach. It provides a critique of the existing mode of external involvement in the Balkans – a model that is highly intrusive, crusading, non-economist."

The Economist Intelligence Unit 2003, Country Forecast March 2003

Neven Mimica
"Let me return to the issue of realistic proposals for intensifying the Stabilisation and Association Process. Some leading European think tanks have expressed the view that without a stronger cohesive instrument, Europe is threatened with a new crisis in the Western Balkans, this time not a war conflict, but an economic and social crisis likely to turn into political and institutional impasse, accompanied by rising radical right-wing alternatives. The situation on the ground gives rise who advocate that the EU must transit from the policy of containment to the policy of cohesion in the Western Balkans."

Neven Mimica, Minister for European Integration of the Republic of Croatia in a speech given to the "Forum for European Integration", Skopje, 15 March 2003

George Soros
"I am also supporting a proposal put forward by the European Stability Initiative to prevent the countries from the Western Balkans from being left out on the margins of the new and integrated Europe. ESI argues that the existing policy instruments for the Balkans should be reformed to promote social and economic cohesion. [...] I am therefore supporting their call to make cohesion an explicit objective in the Western Balkans and to sustain assistance levels at such levels that the gap between the present EU candidate countries, such as Bulgaria and Romania, and the countries of the Western Balkans, does not widen further."

George Soros to OSCE ambassadors, April 2003

International Herald Tribune

Stjepan Mesic

Fatos Nano

Boris Trajkovski

Zoran Zivkovic
The EU and Southeastern Europe need each other

Stjepan Mesic, Boris Trajkovski, Zoran Zivkovic and Fatos Nano IHT
Thursday, 22 May 2003

An appeal

ATHENS Next year, the European Union will expand from 15 member states to 25. This will change the Union fundamentally. But it will also transform our continent into the largest, most dynamic and most affluent single market in history. Furthermore, enlargement will finally lay to rest some of the most intractable conflicts of the 19th and 20th centuries. This is a remarkable achievement, of which all Europeans should be truly proud.

But while this is a historic moment that we should all celebrate, the task of unifying Europe is not complete. Until the whole Southeastern Europe is safely integrated into the European Union, the job will not be complete. And until it is, Europe cannot feel secure about itself.


Copyright © 2002 The International Herald Tribune

Stjepan Mesic is president of Croatia, Boris Trajkovski is president of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Zoran Zivkovic is prime minister of Serbia and Fatos Nano is prime minister of Albania.

European Union
Greek Presidency of the European Union, "Priorities for the Western Balkans", 24 December 2002

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Romano Prodi
Romano Prodi, President of the European Commission, speech held at the South-Eastern European Cooperation Process Summit, "South-Eastern Europe's turn", Belgrade, 9 April 2003

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Neven Mimica
Neven Mimica, Minister for European Integration of the Republic of Croatia, speech held at the "Forum for European Integration", Skopje, 15 March 2003

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Radmila Šekerinska
Radmila Šekerinska, Deputy Prime Minister Government of the Republic of Macedonia, address to the "Regional Forum on European Integration", Skopje, 15 March 2003

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