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Han: Open the door to Northern Macedonia, it's important for Serbia

Political compromise in the Western Balkans must be rewarded, says Johannes Hahn, the EU commissioner for accession negotiations tomorrow ahead of tomorrow's meeting.

June 17, 2019 (Unofficial translation)

In the circumstances in which the EU Council could postpone a decision on launching accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania on Tuesday, Hahn urged EU ministers to allow opening of accession talks with Northern Macedonia as soon as possible and assessed that this would be an important signal for the entire region .

If there is a renewed dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo, they must see that the investment in finding a political compromise will be rewarded. Otherwise, they do not have an incentive. Everyone needs to understand how important it is to give sigal to one country in the interest of the entire region, "Han said.

ohans Han, ahead of tomorrow's meeting of the EU Council, which will discuss the enlargement policy and the progress of the countries in the process of Eurointegration, reiterated that Northern Macedonia did everything it asked of it and warned that any postponement of an adequate EU response would pose a risk to it.

He reiterated that if a country that invested much in a European perspective and its leaders showed courage in reaching a compromise is not rewarded for it, then the EU loses credibility and the power of action in the entire region of the Western Balkans.


EU foreign and European affairs ministers at a meeting of the Luxembourg Council tomorrow should bring together the recommendations and recommendations on further steps in the country that are in the process of EU accession.

It is also expected to define the Council's response to the recommendation of the European Commission on the negotiation of accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania.

According to the latest information, this decision could be delayed again.

While a group of countries headed by the Baltic and Central European countries are in favor of opening accession talks already in June, Germany is seeking a postponement until September due to a debate at the Bunset

At the same time, France and the Netherlands believe that this decision for Northern Macedonia could be made later, and they also oppose the start of accession negotiations with Albania because, according to the estimates, unprecedented evidence of progress in the rule of law is primarily in the fight against organized crime.

 Source: https://www.b92.net/info/vesti/index.php?yyyy=2019&mm=06&dd=17&nav_category=1262&nav_id=1555551

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