Leaders in the Western Balkans will also attend the EU summit


Leaders in Serbia, northern Macedonia and Albania will attend the EU summit between the European Union and the Western Balkans on Thursday, leaders in the Western Balkans themselves announced on Wednesday. Serbian President Alexander Vucich, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama and North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Dimitar Kovachevsky agreed on Tuesday to attend an EU-Western Balkans summit in Brussels on Thursday, at which no country is expected to make progress.

No accession chapters will be opened with Serbia because it has not coordinated its foreign policy with the European Union, and accession talks with Albania and northern Macedonia are not actually starting, as issues remain open between Skopje and Sofia, preventing Bulgaria from integrating its neighbor into Europe.

And negotiations with Albania could begin at the same time as with northern Macedonia.

Politicians in the Western Balkans, in consultation with their own governments, finally decided on Wednesday to attend an EU summit and take the opportunity to promote the Open Balkans initiative they have already launched, and to express their outrage at Bulgaria’s obstruction of the European Union. expansion.

North Macedonian head of state Stevo Pendarovski told TV24 in Skopje on Tuesday that he had advised the prime minister not to travel to Brussels.

It is unacceptable that historical concerns and language debates have been made part of the EU accession negotiations

He underlined. Edi Rama said on social media on Tuesday that Bulgaria is holding the European Union.

The Albanian prime minister also wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that there has been some movement from Bulgaria, but it has come too little and too late, but he will be working with his Serbian and northern Macedonian counterparts at the summit in the Western Balkans to give his views on the Bulgarian obstruction. and the future of their countries in Europe. EU leaders are also expected to decide on the candidate status of Ukraine and Moldova following the EU-Western Balkans summit on Thursday and Friday.

Cover image: Bosnian Prime Minister Zoran Tegeltija, Serbian Prime Minister Alexander Vucsichi, North Macedonian Prime Minister Dimitar Kovachevsky, Olivér Várhelyi, Member of the European Commission for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy in Ohrid, Macedonia, June 8, 2022 (Photo: MTI / EPA / Georgi Licovszki)


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