Ekaterina Zahariev and Ognyan Zlatev discuss on the Western Balkans’ prospects of EU accession; the EU’s role in the Serbia-Kosovo dialogue and the future of Bulgaria’s accession to the ERM II.

Ekaterina Zaharieva, Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria, and Ognyan Zlatev, Head of the European Commission Representation in Zagreb, Croatia, discuss with Vessela Tcherneva on the Western Balkans’ prospects of EU accession; the EU’s role in the Serbia-Kosovo dialogue and the future of Bulgaria’s accession to the ERM II. In cooperation with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

"Did a crisis of this magnitude have to happen, with such serious implications not only for public health, but also for the country's financial performance and economy, in order for the critics who never had solid grounds for their criticism to fall silent?" — Ekaterina Zaharieva

"Some political leaders in our region earlier in the crisis got involved in some controversial acts. If we look to the statistics, over the last 15 years or even more, it has always been the EU that came to the rescue in various ways and in every tough situation, without seeking any benefits for it." — Ognyan Zlatev

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