A new migrant route to the EU has opened up in the Balkans since the closure of the main route across the region in 2016.
People traffickers have opened up new routes across the Western Balkans after the closure of the original route through the region two years ago.
First summit in 15 years intended to demonstrate the EU’s commitment to the region, which has been neglected for years, allowing rival powers to extend their influence.
The EU budget has had a positive impact on economic growth and helped to improve the quality of infrastructure in poorer parts of the bloc, not least in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). However, the budget is about to be cut.
European Union member states gather in Sofia, Bulgaria, for the EU-Western Balkans summit this week, and need to address the precarious state of energy security in the Balkans. Is nuclear power the answer?