The main events within the framework of the conference of Western Balkan countries, which are expected to address the chancellors of Germany and Austria Angela Merkel and Werner Faymann, head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini, the heads of the countries of the region, commissioners of the European Commission, will be held on Thursday in the Austrian capital.
This event is part of the So-called Berlin process - the five-year period of regular meetings at the highest level, confirming the intention of the EU enlargement towards the Western Balkans. In the spotlight will be the suggestions of countries that are not members of the EU - Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia and other. The meetings will Also be participating in France and Italy, Slovenia and Croatia.
As expected, the main topics of the summit will be infrastructure and connectivity, regional cooperation, youth and immigrants.
The first event of the conference was Held on Wednesday the signing ceremony of the Treaty on the border between Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, leaving the disputed territory Sutorina for Montenegro. Their signatures under the document were put by the Minister of internal Affairs of Montenegro Rasko Konjevic and Minister of foreign Affairs of BiH Igor Cradoc. The ceremony was attended by Montenegrin leader Filip Vujanovic, head of the presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dragan Covic and the head of Austria Heinz Fischer. Similarly, on Wednesday signed an agreement in the cultural sphere between Austria and Kosovo.
on Thursday Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann will officially open the main day of meetings of the conference participants.
So, in the morning, As expected, held a joint press conference of the foreign Ministers of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Austria Sebastian Kurz, Serbia - Ivica Dacic, Macedonia - Nikola Poposki with the assistance of European Commissioner Johannes Hahn.
then some of its members will hold a workshop, discussing regional cooperation, the issue of immigrants, the dialogue of religions and work on countering extremism.
In parallel, will begin the meeting of Ministers of economy, it will be preceded by welcoming remarks by Austrian Vice Chancellor of Reinhold Mitterlehner, during which participants will discuss the current situation in the economy in the area.
in addition, at the same time, the expected two-way dialogues Vice-President of the European Commission for energy Maro? Sefcovic and Minister of energy and coal industry of Ukraine Volodymyr Demchyshyn. The European Commission is an intermediary in gas talks between Russia and Ukraine. Held in early July, three party meeting on gas supply to Kiev did not produce results, a new meeting with the participation of three parties scheduled for September, but the exact date until not defined.
In the afternoon, the head of Austria and Germany have plans to hold bilateral dialogues, then a separate conversation will take place in the spring with Faymann. During the day the German leader will Also meet with heads of governments of the countries of the former Yugoslavia.
After the end of the working part of the conference, a press briefing will be conducted by the Chancellor Merkel and Faymann, high Commissioner of the EU Mogherini, Serbian Prime Minister Alexander Vucic.
Will end the conference with a ceremony of awarding the medal of honor for merit of Austria Chancellor Merkel that she will present her colleague Faymann.