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President Barroso and Commissioner Füle to travel to Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia from 7 to 9 April

President Barroso and Commissioner Füle to travel to Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia from 7 to 9 April

"2011 is a year of opportunities for the enlargement policy and for the whole Western Balkans. A lot can be done if our partners live up to the expectations of their citizens and deliver on reforms. I hear a lot about Enlargement fatigue. For me, it is a myth: like the yeti - often discussed, but never seen. Let us fight this myth together through reforms which deliver benefits to the people. The accession process is not an easy one but a credible one: aspirant members deliver on reforms, and the EU delivers on their progress. Our joint roadmap is very clear. For each country, it is set out in our 2010 Progress Report or Opinion. The Commission is here to guide and help. Our partners can count on us. Together with President Barroso, we will deliver these messages to our partners and the citizens." said Commissioner Füle on the eve of the visit.

EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso, accompanied by Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle, will travel to South Eastern Europe from 7 to 9 April. He will hold meetings with the leaders of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, as well as civil society representatives, to stress the Commission’s support to the European perspective of the Western Balkans region and to encourage further necessary reforms in the countries concerned to help accelerate their progress on the road towards EU. "The countries of South Eastern Europe belong in the European Union", said President Barroso. "But it is for the leaders and people of the region to determine the pace and the timing of their European future. The progress achieved in recent years in different areas should act as a catalyst for the whole region to move decisively towards the EU. I will encourage the leaders of our partner countries to accelerate their reforms and tackle the outstanding challenges and conditions with renewed vigour. Now is the time to deliver."