Lothar Bisky (pictured here), the President of the GUE/NGL group in the European Parliament, said that the EU should take a firmer stance against corruption and organized crime in the Balkans at the EU-Balkans Strategic Partnership Conference, which was organized by leftist parties in the EU.
While attendees also railed against the EU’s neo-liberal economic policies and discussed the Left’s anti-war stance in the Balkans during the 1990s, focus was given towards both the EU taking a firmer stand with the further EU accession of Balkan countries and towards those Balkan countries also taking a tough stand towards the EU concerning neo-liberal economic policy.
The President of the Croatian Green Party, Aljoša Babić, for example, repeated that the rule of law and the fight against organized crime should be given special attention by the EU when drawing up further accession treaties.
For the original article from neurope.eu, please click here. Please note that the photo of Mr. Bisky comes from Deutschlandradio Kultur, found here.