''We want to see concrete progress for all candidate countries, including potential ones,'' said Gilmore. ''In the first half of 2013, we will have the opportunity to open negotiations with Serbia and Macedonia, give Albania candidate status, and sign an association agreement with Kosovo.'' Croatia, which is scheduled to join the EU in July, must keep up its momentum towards integration, Gilmore said.
''We know that this is an ambitious agenda, but the Irish presidency will work for the progress of all Western Balkan countries,'' the minister said. ''Ireland also supports a Bosnian candidacy, and we hope the Bosnian government will show signs of progress towards the EU.'' (ANSAmed).