EU Commissioner for Enlargement Stefan Fuele said that EU enlargement will remain a priority during Belgium’s presidency. Belgium’s presidency will face many important issues, including those regarding Western Balkans and Serbia’s candidacy, he said.
“Despite the impression that some EU member states oppose further enlargement due to the global recession, it cannot be concluded from the experience so far that this process had been slowing down the economic development of old members,” he said.
On the contrary, enlargement means fresh opportunities and the best European approach to resolving problems, Fuele noted.
Integration of new members in the EU also means helping countries with a difficult historical background to become a part of the largest peace movement in Europe, he said.