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EU begins official membership talks with Albania, North Macedonia

EU Commission Prime Minister Ursula von der Leyen welcomed the “historic moment” at a joint press conference between Albania’s Prime Minister Edilama and North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Dimitalkovachevsky.

Despite the impasse, the Western Balkans have adhered to their ambition to become part of the world’s most important trade bloc. (AP)

The European Union has begun negotiations for accession with Albania and North Macedonia. This is a step in the long delay towards joining the block.

This process began on Tuesday with the presentation of a negotiating framework. This allows EU headquarters to screen how well each country is ready to comply with all the laws, rules and regulations of the block.

“Today, Albania and North Macedonia have begun negotiations for accession with the EU,” said Ursula von der Leyen, President of the EU Commission.

She told Albania’s Prime Minister Edi Rama and North Macedonia’s Dimital Kobachevsky, “This historic moment is your success. It is the result of your efforts.”

Expansion beyond the 27 EU member states is likely to be years away, and both countries were already considered potential candidates 19 years ago.

Despite the impasse, the Western Balkans have adhered to their ambition to become part of the world’s most important trade bloc.

This move has come at a crucial time for the EU, which has just reached out to Ukraine to provide a view of accession to Ukraine, despite the long queues of the Western Balkans.

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“Better quality of life”

Von der Leyen praised the rule of law and anti-corruption reforms for the resilience of both countries, calling it the “success” of leaders and the public.

The governments of North Macedonia and Albania have not implemented reforms solely for EU accession, but “it is good for your country and already provides your people with a better quality of life,” she said. Said.

North Macedonia became an EU candidate in 2005 and Albania was given that position in 2014.

Negotiations have stagnated since 2020 due to disputes over linguistic and historical issues between North Macedonia and Bulgaria.

Following a French-led mediation effort, Skopje and Sophia signed an agreement on Sunday paving the way for the start of accession negotiations.

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Source: TRT World and distributors



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