EU Membership

    • Western Balkans leaders discuss virus crisis, EU future

      Western Balkans leaders discuss virus crisis, EU future

      Government leaders and officials from six Western Balkan nations met on Wednesday for a virtual summit to discuss how to prevent and address economic stagnation and social impacts from the coronavirus pandemic that could derail or delay national efforts to join the EU, news wires reported. The summit “gathered” presidents, prime ministers and government ministers from Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia.

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    • France under fire in EU for blocking Balkan hopefuls

      France under fire in EU for blocking Balkan hopefuls

      Senior European Union officials, worried by growing Chinese and Russian influence in the Balkans, accused France on Friday of making a “historic error” by refusing to let North Macedonia and Albania start talks on joining the EU. North Macedonia, Albania and four other Balkan countries - Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia - are trying to join the world’s biggest trading bloc following the ethnic wars of the 1990s that led to the disintegration of Yugoslavia.

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    • Serbia urged to stay on EU accession path

      Serbia urged to stay on EU accession path

      EU foreign ministers urged Serbia to stay on its EU membership path in a time when the country prepares to sign a trade agreement with a Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union, news wires reported. Serbia is expected to sign the pact with the block made up of Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan on 25 October. In order to join the EU, candidate countries such as Serbia must align their policies with their European partners, notably on trade.

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    • EU-North Macedonia talks urged

      EU-North Macedonia talks urged

      In attempt to further bring North Macedonia and Albania to the EU, majority of EU governments led by Italy urged last Tuesday deliver on a promise to open membership talks with both countries, news wires reported. Meeting in Luxembourg almost a year to the day since they unexpectedly postponed a decision to open talks with the two countries, Europe ministers tried to change their position.

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    • Vucic insists on EU membership guarantee

      Vucic insists on EU membership guarantee

      Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said on Thursday he would seek a guarantee that his country would join the European Union in 2025 as part of any deal with neighbouring Kosovo, which would pave the way for both states to enter the bloc and settle their long-standing disputes.

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