Premier Pellegrini at Summit in Sofia: Slovakia Supports EU Enlargement

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Exit has obtained a draft of the Joint Declaration from the May 17 Sofia Summit where representatives from the EU Member States will meet representatives from the Western Balkans.

The Western Balkans region includes Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, as well as the self-proclaimed republic of Kosovo.

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The EU accession talks with Serbia and Montenegro are in the most advanced stage and an agreement for their entry into the bloc by 2025 is possible, Tajani said on Thursday.

But the six countries are growing increasingly impatient for a path to membership.

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In the summit declaration, a draft of which was obtained by AFP, the Europeans outlined the theme of "connectivity" with investments in transport and infrastructure. "I do not think 2025 is a realistic date for the European Union enlargement".

Mr Babiš said the Czech Republic, along with other V4 countries, including Slovakia, Poland and Hungary, were critical towards the European Union for not providing the West Balkan states with any specific dates.

"We reaffirmed our mutual commitment to the European perspective for the whole region".

The Balkans have moved back up the EU's agenda as leaders have become alarmed at the influence of other powers on its southern flank, particularly Russian Federation. "We don't want that to happen". They also differ on the potential timeline for accepting new members from the region.

Mrs May and Mr Zaev will also discuss the ongoing dispute with Greece over the country's name - a northern area of the country is also called Macedonia, and Greece has been calling for a name change since 1991.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is staying away from the summit in protest because of his country's opposition to Kosovo's independence.

The leaders of Macedonia and Greece met on the sidelines of the summit although officials played down the chance of any deal.

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