The President of Albania (H.E.Ilir Meta) will be hosting and organizing in Tirana on May 8 to 9th the Leaders’ Summit of the Brdo-Brioni Process. This is a regional initiative co-founded in 2010 by Sloveian and Croatian Presidents.
The Participants will be the President of Croatia (Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovi), the President of Slovenia (Borut Pahor). There will be three members of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina (Milorad Dodik, Sefik Dzaferovi, and Zeljko Komsi). The President of Kosovo (Hashim Thaci) will attend. The Presidents of Montenegro (Milo Djukanovi), Northern Macedonia (Gjorge Ivanov) and Serbia (Aleksandar Vucic) will also attend.
The guests of honor are the President of Poland (Andrzej Duda) and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and European Commission Vice President Federica Mogherini.
The Brdo-Leaders’ Summit will be coinciding with the “Day of Europe” on May 9th and will send an important political message about common aspirations and the desire to become a part of the European Union.
Current member states of the European attending this summit include Croatia and Slovenia. Official candidates for membership attending this summit include Albania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. Potential candidates include Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo.
Of the candidates and potential candidates for accession to the European Union, there are several significant Muslim populations:
Kosovo, Albania, North Macedonia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina are countries with significant Muslim populations and could have a significant impact on the European Union and Islam as well. However, it does not necessarily mean that the change will be negative. In fact if these countries were to eventually join the European Union, it would help to dispel the longstanding prejudice that Islam can’t be compatible with secularism.