European Western Balkans

Informal meeting: No agreement on negotiations with Skopje and Tirana yet

European Council meeting room; Photo: European Union

BRUSSELS – The members states have not reached an agreement on opening of accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania yet.

These are the results of an informal meeting between EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn and the Ambassadors of 28 member states, which was held yesterday, Beta reports.

According to Beta‘s sources, an idea of beginning with negotiations only with North Macedonia and postponing the date for Albania was also brought up, but it seems that some countries, including Germany, are against it.

The Ambassadors will formally meet on 12 June and draft the conclusions on the Western Balkans, which will be discussed by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs on 18 June, and later confirmed by EU leaders.

The conclusions are expected to lay out EU’s potential steps towards the region, including negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania, as well as Belgrade-Pristina dialogue.

On the same day, Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev warned that not getting a date for opening of negotiations may cause the fall of his government and early elections.

“I wish that our partners know that we have waited for 15 and that everything is possible”, said Zaev during the event organised by EBRD and European Policy Centre.

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