Open accession talks on N.Macedonia, Albania - von der Leyen

Calls Croatian EU rotating presidency 'historic moment'

10 January, 17:50

    (ANSAmed) - ZAGREB, JANUARY 10 - European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, in a press conference with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic as part of celebrations for the start of the Croatian turn in the European Council rotating presidency, said it is a "historic moment for Croatia, which is not only taking up the rotating presidency of the European Council for the first time, but also the presidency of our first 100 days, and our success also depends on you".

    Von der Leyen said the European Commission will "soon, certainly before the summit in Zagreb in May" present a "new methodology for the accession process", which the EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi, is working on.

    At the same time, however, she said the EU needs to "move ahead on the dossier for the start of accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania", two countries that have already met the expected criteria.

    Last fall, France vetoed the start of accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania. (ANSAmed).

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