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Western Balkans

The history of Greece is interwoven with the history of the Balkans, an area in which Greece has played a major role down through the centuries.

Historically, the Balkans are considered to be a volatile region, and the latest – and hopefully the last – conflicts in the region occurred at the turn of the 21st century, in the wake of the break-up of Yugoslavia.

The current situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the issues of Kosovo and the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia all result from the break-up of Yugoslavia.

As a longstanding member of the EU (1981), NATO (1952) and other Euroatlantic institutions, Greece pursues the consolidation of stability, security and development in the region through the establishment of good neighbourly relations and respect for the basic principles of international law and order – as they are set down in the UN Charter – as well as through the full incorporation of all the Balkan countries into the European and Euroatlantic institutions.

Within this framework, Greece’s regional policy for the Balkans revolves around the following axes:

Last Updated Tuesday, 23 October 2018