Interest in the WB, so far 6 emissaries appointed for the region
As never before in the last decade, the Western Balkans region has been put in the interest of the European Union, the United States of America, but also the Western countries separately.
Russia's aggression on Ukraine, in a war unprovoked by the latter, has added even more to the dynamics of events in this regard.
This part of Europe, remaining for many reasons still outside the EU, has been put under the European, American, German, British, Greek, and Slovenian magnifying glass.
In the meantime, there are possibilities that in the coming weeks, special emissaries for the Western Balkans will also be assigned by other countries such as France or Italy.
However, it all started when the EU appointed the Slovak Miroslav Lajcak, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia, as an emissary for the Western Balkans, with a special task, as a mediator in the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue.
His appointment took place alongside the American, Richard Grenell, whom former President Donald Trump had appointed as a special emissary for the Kosovo-Serbia dialogue, and Mathew Palmer for the Western Balkans, reports RTKlive.
With the change in the American administration, where the current president Joe Biden entered the White House, the task of Palmer, but also that of Grenell, was assigned to Gabriel Escobar, and as an aid to him, Christopher Hill was sent to Serbia as an ambassador and to Kosovo Jeff Hovennier, both of them career diplomat, who is familiar with this area of Europe since the early 90s.
Meanwhile, even though it left the European Union, Great Britain has not lost its interest in the Western Balkans.
It appointed Sir Stuart Peach, an Air Force marshal, as special envoy for the Western Balkans.
It didn't take long and Germany followed the same steps by appointing a special emissary for this region, in this case, Manuel Sarrazin.
But they were not the last. Even countries like Greece and recently Slovenia appointed special emissaries for the Western Balkans, RTKlive reports.
In June this year, Greece appointed its ambassador to Romania, Sofia Grammata, as a special emissary for the Western Balkans.
Meanwhile, Slovenia also announced two days ago that diplomat Anzej Franges has been appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of this country, Tanja Fajon, as a special emissary for the Western Balkans.
Thus, there are currently six special emissaries from different countries who have been appointed to deal with this part of Europe, although so far, the results as a whole as a region, in progress towards European integration, do not seem so great.