May 3, 2008
The Central European Initiative is holding its two-days summit on this weekend. The rather loose regional co-operation is not very high on the international political agenda. The first news I found in English was from the Chinese Xinhua agency. The only news they produced on the Hungarian radio is who abstained from the meeting.
The Central European Initiative has 18 member states: Albania, Austria, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine. The initiative was started in 1989 to strengthen ties between Central Europe and the EU. Half of the current members have became EU members in the past 19 years.
Sixteen states are represented by the head of states, mostly figureheads in Central Europe. Italy and Romania is represented on a ministerial level. Ukraine abstained, which is yet another worrying sign of isolation from Europe, and Kosovo could not send a full delegation in order to keep Serbia and her allies coming. The other important point is that it takes place in Macedonia, a country that really needs a diplomatic boost to prevent her from destabilization.
Kosovo, EU and NATO enlargement will be on the agenda. We will see the results, if there are any, by tomorrow.Author : Dániel Antal