I write at the end of a week that has been mostly dedicated to the situation in Venezuela. On Monday and Tuesday we hosted in Brussels an International Solidarity Conference for those who fled Venezuela and their host communities. We welcomed 120 delegations – national governments, international organisations and civil society – which pledged 120 million euros in support. This adds to 320 million euros already mobilised by the European Union since 2016. And this is only the beginning of a new solidarity path, which will continue in the coming months with more conferences like this. Here is my opening speech, here is the final press conference. And here is the statement by the International Contact Group on Venezuela, to call on the Venezuelan actors to return to a path that can lead towards a peaceful and democratic solution to the crisis.
Last Tuesday, I also gathered in Brussels the leaders of our six partners in the Western Balkans. Postponing the opening of negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia on their accession to the European Union was a historic mistake (I wrote about it here). And yet, on Tuesday we all agreed that we must keep working to realise the Western Balkans’ EU prospective. Press release here.