Prime ministers and presidents of the countries of the Western Balkans, Germany, France, and leaders of the European Union will meet on 29 and 30 April in Berlin, media in the region reported on Thursday calling on reliable sources.
Some sources claim that the meetings will actually be held one day earlier, i.e. on 28 and 29 April.
As reported by several sources, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of France Emmanuel Macron will host presidents and prime ministers of Serbia – Aleksandar Vucic and Ana Brnabic; as well as of Kosovo – Hashim Thaci and Ramush Haradinaj. Prime Minister of Albania Edi Rama, Chair of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Denis Zvizdic, Prime Minister of Croatia Andrej Plenkovic, President of Montenegro Milo Djukanovic, Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia Zoran Zaev, and Prime Minister of Slovenia Marjan Sarec are also invited.
President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security Federica Mogherini.
However, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik, President of Northern Macedonia Gjorgje Ivanov and Prime Minister of Montenegro is not among the invited guests.
Relations between Kosovo and Serbia and possibilities of resolving the problems between Belgrade and Pristina should be in focus of the meetings, and media have been speculating that Merkel and Macron will reveal a new initiative for the region at this meeting.
The meeting in Berlin will be the first meeting of the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo since November last year when all the contacts and talks stopped because Kosovo unilaterally introduced a 100 percent tax (customs duty) on goods coming from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.
Previously, Thaci and Vucic announced in April last year they negotiated about the normalization of the relations between Kosovo and Serbia, and that proposals for exchange of the territories and establishment of new borders were included in the negotiations.
The biggest opponents of this idea are the official Berlin and London, in contrast to the stands of the US and France who said they would present their opinion on different ideas for a comprehensive agreement on normalization of the relations only when they are negotiated and harmonized between Belgrade and Pristina.
Since the meeting in Berlin was preceded by a series of visits from Berlin both to Pristina and Belgrade and that the main messages during those were that there should be no change of borders or any exchange of territories whatsoever and that the Kosovo tax must be unconditionally abolished, it is assumed that the new initiative would be based on these grounds.