Brdo-Brijuni Summit Held in Zagreb

LJoe Biden, US Vice-PresidentPJ Issue 159, 30 November 2015

On 25 November, Southeast European leaders met at the Extraordinary Summit of the Brdo-Brijuni Presidential Process in Zagreb, hosted by Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Slovenian President Borut Pahor, to discuss European integration, the response to the migrant crisis and energy and economic ties.

Honorary guests were US Vice-President Joe Biden, President of the European Council Donald Tusk and Austrian President Heinz Fischer. The participants signed a joint statement titled: “A Common Strategic Vision of Europe, Whole, Free and at Peace”. Special emphasis was placed on strengthening the transatlantic partnership of the US and the EU, the enlargement of both the EU and the NATO, and improving economic cooperation and connectivity through regional infrastructure projects, with special attention to energy security. Discussing security challenges Europe is facing, they called for effective and efficient global solutions for tackling the root causes of radicalism, violent extremism and terrorism.

“We are firmly committed to the aim of the Dayton Agreement: the integration of the region into the institutional structure of Europe”, Biden said in his statement. He pointed out that Europe had to unite and diversify its energy supply, adding that no country should use energy to manipulate others.

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