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Montenegro's president: Bulgaria putting Western Balkans as key item on EU agenda most welcome

Filip Vujanović said that "For Montenegro and other Western Balkan countries, it is possible to maximize their action on integration.” | UN Women

Montenegrin president Filip Vujanović has expressed satisfaction that Bulgaria has made the EU integration of the Western Balkans an important item on the EU agenda.

According to sources, hosted in Sofia by his Bulgarian counterpart Roumen Radev, Vujanović said that he was glad that Bulgaria had been able to achieve clear goals for its Presidency in its communication with Brussels.

Bulgarian head of state Radev said that the country welcomed Montenegro's successes on the road to European integration.

Montenegro presented a good example in the Western Balkans of how a country proceeded with profound and serious reforms, and how it was achieving a good future for itself and for its neighbours, Radev said.

He reassured that the main priority of Bulgaria's EU Presidency was the prospect of the integration of the Western Balkans.

Radev said that he and Vujanović agreed that the prosperity could exist only when there was security and stability in the region.

Bilateral relations were also among the discussions of the two sides.

"It is very important for these relations to have an active dialogue at the highest political level. We show with your visit a very important feature of the entire organization of our Presidency and the priority theme for the Western Balkans. Communication is very important," Radev said.

The Bulgarian president said that it is even more important that the theme for the Western Balkans leads to increased communication between the countries of the region.

For his part, Vujanović said that "For Montenegro and other Western Balkan countries, it is possible to maximize their action on integration.”

Vujanović's visit to the Bulgarian capital on January 15 came just a few days after the country formally took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU.