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EU ministers discuss the Western Balkans on May 10th
The foreign ministers of the European Union member states will discuss the situation in the Western Balkans at a meeting on May 10, the EU headquarters confirmed to reporters.
The dialogue for the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia is expected to be one of the main points of the talks.
The meeting, to be chaired by EU foreign policy chief Josep Borell, will be attended by the EU Special Representative for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, Miroslav Lajcak.
Lajcak is expected to brief ministers on preparations for a new round of talks between Kosovo and Serbia.
As part of the debate on the situation in the region, according to officials in Brussels, the "EU geopolitical approach to the Western Balkans" will be discussed.
EU sources said the debate would not focus on the membership process of countries in the region.
"Even without discussion, it is clear that the Western Balkans has a European perspective. "We will deal with foreign policy [at that meeting]," said a European official.
He warned that the EU foreign ministers would discuss the influence of third countries in the Western Balkans, because, as he said, it is clear that the situation "has changed significantly when it comes to external influence in the region".
"The EU does not insist on the exclusivity of its presence in the region, but it is important for the EU to be present and to be a major player," said the European official.