Against the backdrop of a wave of tension in the Balkans, the European Commission (EC) announced a new plan to accelerate the integration of these states into the European Union, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said at a security conference in Slovakia, Report informs.

“The recent tensions are worrisome… I reiterate the call for all parties to step back from confrontation and take steps to restore calm. Today I want to introduce a new initiative… This is a new growth plan for the Western Balkans. We must bring closer the integration of these countries into the European Union,” she said.