Press Release

Western Balkans: Mgr. Nemet to visit Brussels

In the context of a renewed momentum for the European integration of the Western Balkans, H.E. Mgr. Dr. Ladislav Nemet SVD (Serbia), President of the International Bishops’ Conference of St. Cyril and Methodius, will come to Brussels on 13-15 June 2018. He will meet with high-level EU officials in order to exchange on the necessary steps that can be taken on the side of the EU, as well as of the Western Balkans.

The official visit of Mgr. Nemet follows the elaboration of the COMECE contribution on the European integration of the Western Balkans, prepared in close dialogue with the International Bishops’ Conference.

The recent EU Strategy for the Western Balkans and the Sofia Summit strengthened the perspectives for the European integration of the Western Balkans. The region is also one of the priorities for the current Bulgaria’s Council Presidency and for the upcoming Austrian p
Presidency starting in July 2018.

During his visit to Brussels, Mgr. Nemet will participate in the public lunch debate “Western Balkans and the EU: next steps…?” organised by COMECE and KAS. The event, which also includes a light lunch, is open to the public (and to journalists). Please register here.

President Mgr. Nemet will also meet with Church authorities and EU officials from the European Commission and the European External Action Service to exchange perspectives on the EU integration for the region of South-East Europe and the role of Churches in this process.

During his stay in Brussels, Mgr. Nemet will celebrate a Holy Mass in English on Thursday 14th of June 2018 at 17:45, at the chapel of COMECE.



A Press Conference will take place at COMECE on Thursday 14th of June from 14:00 to 14:45. Journalists interested to participate are kindly invited to register by sending an e-mail request to COMECE Press Office. For interview requests and other media enquiries, please contact COMECE Communication Officer.

During the event, COMECE website and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin) will be updated constantly with photos and video interviews. Journalists can freely use this material by crediting COMECE.