Ljubljana - The European People’s Party’s (EPP) EU and Western Balkan leaders met in Ljubljana, Slovenia today ahead of the EU-Western Balkans Brdo Summit. During the EPP summit, co-hosted by EPP member party Slovenska Demokratska Stranka (SDS), leaders adopted the party’s EU-Western Balkans Summit Declaration. In the declaration, EPP reiterates its unequivocal support for a credible enlargement and European Union accession perspective for the Western Balkans. EU Enlargement has been one of the most successful policies to bring stability and peace to our continent and it should be strengthened with a move toward more regular EU-Western Balkans summits. The EPP recognises that the EU integration process is a shared responsibility. Cooperation, reciprocity, strict but fair conditionality and predictability must be the foundations of EU-Western Balkan relations. This means commitment on both sides to implement the process, fulfil promises, implement reforms and show unambiguous dedication. Trust must be rebuilt; integration is a two-way street. The EU must deliver on enlargement promises and our Western Balkan partners must deliver on the necessary reforms, in particular strengthening rule of law, the fight against corruption, the independence of the judiciary and media freedom. For the political and geographical unity of Europe, all efforts must be made. Read the full declaration here  

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The EPP is the largest and most influential European-level political party of the centre-right, which currently includes 80 parties and partners from 43 countries, the President of the European Commission, 9 EU and 3 non-EU heads of state and government, 10 members of the European Commission and the largest Group in the European Parliament.