Leaders of Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece and Romania called for peace and prosperity of the Balkans region, and for the accession of Serbia to the European Union (EU), reported sources on Saturday.
Last week, a four-way Balkan Summit brought together Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, his Greek and Romanian counterparts Alexis Tsipras and Mihai Tudose, and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.
The Balkan countries should become an example of peace, stability and prosperity, in the interest of the people and business in the region, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.
Serbia’s natural place was in the EU, Borissov also said.
Serbia deserved to go quickly to enter the EU, Tsipras underscored for his part, adding that the four countries, three of which are already members of the EU, can play a significant role in the development of the region.
Tsipras went on to say that the cooperation of the four countries in energy, transport, crisis management and security had a great potential.
For his part, Tudose said that Romania and Bulgaria offered “some of the most secure border guards” to the European Union. The two countries would be part of the Schengen Zone within a year, he predicted.
Tudose and his Bulgarian counterpart Boiko Borissov agreed on having monthly Romanian-Bulgarian government meetings from now on, the next of which would take place in Bucharest.
Tudose also added that the four countries involved had the same strategic interests, including energy security and independence.
“The gas connection between Serbia, Bulgaria, Serbia and Romania is very important. So are the electrical connections we are working on. It is important for all four countries to act as a single partner in terms of energy relations with the rest of the European Union.”
Vucic for his part thanked Bulgaria, Romania and Greece for their support for his country's EU membership.