Croatian President Zoran Milanovic said that Bosnia and Herzegovina and other Balkan countries should already be members of the European Union.
Milanovic spoke at a joint press conference held after meeting his Bulgarian counterpart, Rumen Radev, in Sofia.
Milanovic stressed that the integration of Western Balkan countries with the European Union is of key importance for the stability and development of the region.
Noting that Albania, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina should not be members of the EU already, Milanović said, “The reason Bulgaria is not accepted into the Schengen Area is because it is a competition. Arguments about European values have been used to hide tangible financial interests.” He said.
He also thanked Radev Milanovic for his clear stance on Bulgaria’s Schengen membership, expressing that Bulgaria’s Schengen membership is restricted due to domestic issues.
Referring to the war in Ukraine, Radev stated that a diplomatic solution must be found as soon as possible and said: “We are afraid of expanding the conflict zone. The war in Ukraine also affects the Bulgarian economy.” He said.
source: Balkan News
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