On November 21-22, 2013 regular Russia-EU expert-level consultations on the EU Enlargement (COELA) and the Western Balkans (COWEB) were held in Brussels within the framework of the Russia – EU Political Dialogue.
Mr Andrey MASLOV, Director of the 4th European Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, led the Russian delegation. The EU Side was headed by Ms Lina Rukštelienė, Head of the EU Enlargement Division, European Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, and Mr Fernando GENTILINI, Director for Western Europe, Western Balkans and Turkey, European External Action Service (EEAS).
The meetings provided a good opportunity for a thorough discussion on the Balkans agenda. An exchange of views also took place in the context of the European perspective of candidate and potential candidate countries.