EU – Western Balkans Justice and Home Affairs ministerial forum - joint press statement.

Skopje, 18-19 November 2019

The Ministers of Justice and Home Affairs of Finland, representing the Presidency of the Council of the EU, together with the European Commission, represented by the European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality and the European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, met on 18-19 November 2019 with their counterparts from the Western Balkans at the annual EU-Western Balkans Ministerial Forum on Justice and Home Affairs. The meeting was also attended by representatives of the incoming Croatian Presidency. Rule of Law and Judicial Reforms The Ministers recognised that in the Western Balkans, the rule of law is a crucial aspect of democratic transformation. As such it lies at the very core of accession negotiations as the key benchmark against which readiness for EU membership is assessed. The Western Balkans reaffirmed their commitment to reinforce their reform efforts and bring tangible progress in the area of rule of law and fundamental rights....
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