On 10 July 2018 the UK will host the Western Balkans Summit in London, the fifth summit convened under the Berlin Process.
The next Western Balkans Summit of the Berlin Process will be held in London on 9-10 July. The UK has expressed a desire to remain committed to helping the Western Balkans despite Brexit. The priorities of the Summit are going to be “particularly economic stability, interconnectivity, further progress on building of infrastructure – road and rail – but also helping with digital transformation, digital skills and with entrepreneurship, especially for young people, given the high levels of unemployment in the region.
14 parties are currently involved in the Process: Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Kosovo*, FYRo Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia and the United Kingdom as well as the European Commission.
The Western Balkans Process – also known as the Berlin Process – is a joint initiative of 13 European countries and the European Commission. It supports the efforts to integrate the region into the European Union and foster regional cooperation. The Process covers areas such as resolution of bilateral disputes, endorsement of rule of law, connectivity and economic development as well as strengthening the cooperation in education, science (research and innovation) and inter-societal dialogue.