EU-Western Balkans Summit

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from

17.05.2018

09:00

to

17.05.2018

20:30

National Palace of Culture

The EU-Western Balkans Summit, which is set to take place on 17 May in Sofia and will be hosted by the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU, will bring together the Heads of State or Government of the Member States of the European Union and their counterparts from the Western Balkan region. It will be chaired by the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, who will represent the EU together with the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker. The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, the EU High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, and the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, will also attend the summit. The topic of the summit will be “Connectivity” – in terms of transport, energy and digital infrastructure, education, and other aspects. The summit will be preceded by an informal dinner of the EU Heads of State or Government as part of the Leaders’ Agenda.

Find more information on the website of the Council of the European Union.

MEDIA GUIDE

Videos

Family photo

 

Press conference by Donald Tusk, Jean-Claude Juncker and Boyko Borissov

 

Highlights

 

Johannes Hahn, European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations, doorstep

 

Jüri RATAS, Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia, doorstep

 

Juha Sipilä, Prime Minister of the Republic of Finland, doorstep

 

Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of the Kingdom Sweden, doorstep

 

Sebastian Kurz, Federal Chancellor of Austria, doorstep

 

Charles Michel, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Belgium, doorstep

 

Boyko Borissov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Bulgaria, doorstep

 

Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of Germany, doorstep

 

Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, doorstep

 

Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, doorstep

 

Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach of Ireland, doorstep

 

Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of  Denmark, doorstep

 

Andrej Plenković, Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, doorstep

 

Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg Luxembourg, doorstep

 

Klaus Werner Iohannis, President of Romania, doorstep

 

EU-Western Balkans Summit: Greek PM Tsipras and FYROM PM Zaev shake hands

 

Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, press conference

 

Arrival and handshake

 

Roundtable

 

Signing of agreements

 

National press briefing by Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

 

National press briefing by Germany

 

National press briefing by Slovakia

 

National press briefing by Montenegro

 

National press briefing by Poland

 

National press briefing by France

 

Press statement by President Donald Tusk on the EU-Western Balkans summit, digital & innovation, Iran and US trade

 

Photos

The Journalists

EU – Western Balkans Summit: The Journslists

 

Arrival

EU – Western Balkans Summit: Arrival

 

Handshake

EU – Western Balkans Summit: Handshake

 

Roundtable

EU – Western Balkans Summit: Roundtable

 

Family photo

EU – Western Balkans Summit: Family Photo

 

Signing of agreements

EU-Western Balkans Summit: Signing of agreements

 

Press conference

EU - Western Balkans Summit: Press conference

 

EU - Western Balkans Summit in Sofia: Rebranding of the National Palace of Culture

EU - Western Balkans Summit in Sofia: Rebranding of the National Palace of Culture

 

Videos (edited packages)

Preview Western Balkans Summit

 

The European Union - where else?

 

EU - first investor in Western Balkans economy

 

EU-WB: security is our common goal

 

EU-WB: transport connectivity

 

EU-Western Balkans: connected by culture

 

Agenda

17 May 2018 | Thursday

09:15 – 10:00

Arrivals and doorstep statements at the National Palace of Culture

10:00 – 11:30

Plenary Session I: Connectivity

11:45 – 13:00

Plenary Session II: Connectivity (continued)

13:00 – 13:15

Family photo

13:15 – 15:00

Working lunch: Tackling common challenges

15:00 – 15:30

Press conference and national briefings

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