EU to begin accession talks with Albania and N. Macedonia

Unanimous decision, dates not yet set

24 March, 16:48

    BRUSSELS - EU ministers on Tuesday agreed to the beginning of accession talks for Albania and North Macedonia. The agreement was reached unanimously by all 27 member states in a video conference. The date for the opening of talks have not yet been set. The historic decision came after three postponements in two years and resistance from France and the Netherlands. The decision was reportedly reached in light of the progress achieved by both Albania and North Macedonia in reforms requested by the EU in fundamental rights, rule of law, justice and neighbourhood relations. As Montenegro started in 2012 and Serbia in 2014, there are now four Western Balkan nations involved in accession talks with the EU.

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