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HAHN ABOUT WESTERN BALKANS 20. 03. 2017. >> 16:58 0
Russian influence without long term consequence
Johannes Hahn, the European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations assessed that the situation in the Western Balkans was fragile.
He said that long term solution was possible only in international context, that is within the EU, reports Tanjug.
Regarding the resistance to further enlargement of the EU, Hahn says that majority of the citizens of the members states is reserved, and that is why it is important to persuade them that a new member would not be a burden or problem, but benefit.
Countries that strive to join the EU, according to him, must meet the prerequisites, the legal system must work, they have to become more attractive as places for investment.
The economies of the potential member states should be a key factor.
"That is why we have proposed a common market for the region of the Western Balkans, with free flow of goods and services, the mutual recognition of certificates. This would be relatively easy to implement, without having to change contracts, and would be the first step towards the European common market.", Hahn is convinced.
He noted Russian influence in the region, especially when it comes to geo-strategic development.
He mentioned Montenegro's accession to NATO, which is not well received in Russia.
"They're trying to create some problems, but it won’t have long-term consequences, because 70 percent of investments in the region comes from the EU, and there will be more," underscores Hahn.