President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen will be visiting Albania today, the first stop in her three-day Western Balkan tour.
In Tirana, she will talk with Prime Minister Edi Rama, before proceeding to meet with President Ilir Meta. She will then travel to the city of Kruja, for a visit to a local school, followed by a joint press conference with Rama.
In the afternoon, von der Leyen will be leaving Tirana for the North Macedonian leg of her tour, spending the rest of the day in Skopje. On the 29th, she will be in Montenegro and Kosovo. On the 30th, she will visit Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia.
The tour comes one week ahead of the EU-Western Balkans summit that will be held in Brdo, Bosnia, on October 6. The summit will focus on EU integration, COVID-19 recovery, and the European Union’s €30 billion Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans.