124th Plenary Session of the CoR
IRE-Chairman Franz Schausberger was again appointed as Chairman of CoR Working Group “Western Balkans” during the 124. Plenary Session on 12th July 2017 in Brussels for the second term till 2020. The reason for the extraordinary re-appointment was the detailed expertise of Schausberger, who is well acquainted with the West Balkans and his long-standing commitment to the accession processes of these countries.
Edi Rama (Prime Minister of Albania) with Franz Schausberger (Member of the CoR)
The Working Group on the Western Balkans was created in 2006 and currently includes Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo.
Its role is to provide CoR members with an instrument aimed at encouraging greater inclusion of the territorial dimension in the enlargement process for the Western Balkans region. The twelve CoR members of the working group meet with the representatives of the regions and municipalities at least twice a year in one of these countries and thus make a valuable contribution to the EU accession process of the West Balkan States.The next meeting of the Working Group is planned in autumn 2017 in Banja Luka, BiH.
Source: www.cor.europa.eu and www.salzburg.wirtschaftszeit.at