EU FOREIGN AFFAIRS CHIEF CALLS FOR MEMBERSHIP FOR ALBANIA AND NORTH MACEDONIA


31/05/2019




Robert HARNEIS -TDO- (FRANCE)- The European Commission has urged EU states to open membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia, saying the Balkan countries “have delivered on reforms”.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday recommended opening accession talks with the two countries as soon as possible, because “they are ready.”

Mogherini said it’s not as if Albania and North Macedonia would join “the union tomorrow morning,” adding that “it’s a complicated process.”

It’s unclear whether existing member states will endorse the move. Many members are extremely reluctant to see the already28 or 27 further increased. In order to conserve some semblance of independence small states all have one Commissioner and need less voters per Memberof the EU parliament.Already the larger states are dissatisfied because they feel this over representation, combined with the unanimity rule for some decisions, unduly favors small states.

The Commission may be seeking to regain the initiative after the latest elections that have consolidated the position of the anti-European parties.


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