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It comes weeks after Belgrade and Pristina agreed to resume direct flights for the first time since the Kosovo War.
This week is the first without Britain as a member, and the EU was keen to reset its route. The French President was in Poland and the Commission laid out new methods for those keen to join the bloc.
"Do your job," said Vučić. "You are sovereign states. Serbia is a sovereign state. We do everything that is for the best for our people and for our country.”
There have been no commercial flights between Kosovo and Serbia in 21 years and it takes over five hours overland from Belgrade to Pristina.
"We have to deliver and keep our promises," von der Leyen said — in contrast to France's Macron who opposed opening accession talks until after reforms.
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, the incumbent president of Croatia, has lost Sunday's runoff election to Zoran Milanović, leader of the country's Social Democrat party.
France, supported by Denmark and the Netherlands, strongly opposed membership talks with North Macedonia and Albania.
Western Balkan countries want the EU's newest member, Croatia, to push enlargement of the bloc during its six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union
The Serbian Orthodox Church opposes the law which it argues is a mean for the government to strip it of its property.
Conservative incumbent Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, who is running for a second term, will face a run-off on January 5.
The leaders of Albania, North Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro met on Saturday to discuss how to deepen regional cooperation in the Western Balkans, including in their quest to join the European Union.
A European Union-funded renewable energy project is helping to build bridges in the Balkans – and saving money at the same time.
“This is not a place for human beings,” said Dunja Mijatovic, Council of Europe rights commissioner as she visited the Vucjak camp. “It should be closed."
It was supposed to be a national day of celebration, but Thursday instead saw Albanians recovering bodies from rubble or burying their loved ones.
Parked cars lined highways as Albanians slept on the roadside, heeding warnings not to return indoors until engineers can check quake-shaken buildings.
The Head of News at Euronews Albania has given a personal account of the devastation in the port city of Durres after revisiting the site of damage caused by a 6.4 earthquake.
The 49-year-old leader was admitted to a military hospital in Belgrade.
After Albania and North Macedonia had their EU accession bid vetoed weeks ago, Western Balkan leaders have met to discuss their own free transit zone.
"I would like to make a political comment at least only with what I believe. Let's be very careful with the Balkans. Don't let the Balkans get reBalkanised in the old way things were happening then," EU Commissioner Avramopoulos told reporters
Eleven years after the declaration of independence, four major European countries still do not recognise Kosovo as a country, which remains an obstacle to its efforts to integrate into European and world organisations.
Marching under the slogan 'I’m not giving up’ on LGBT rights, Sunday evening saw thousands take part in Belgrade’s eighth Pride Parade.
France and the Netherlands have shown reluctance about allowing any more members, but could that sabotage EU influence in the Balkans?
Euronews has signed a deal with Serbian media group HD-WIN to launch Euronews Serbia, a news channel and digital platform aimed at a Serbian-speaking audience.
“The place of the Western Balkans is inside the European Union,” EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn said in his keynote speech on Thursday. But how serious is the EU in its commitment to continue the integration process? Euronews answers.
The EU has pushed back a decision on the start of accession talks until October, with many states said to be against an early entry for Albania.
President Ilir Meta called off upcoming local elections but the ruling socialist party has continued to campaign.