EU accession

    • Merkel hosts Western Balkans EU hopefuls

      Merkel hosts Western Balkans EU hopefuls

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosts today a summit with six Western Balkan aspiring for EU membership, news wires reported. The summit aims at forging closer cooperation as these countries limp on their way to the EU. Here come some facts about the six Balkan aspirants, compiled by Reuters.

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    • Neighbourhood Commissioner holds working meetings in Bulgaria

      Neighbourhood Commissioner holds working meetings in Bulgaria

      European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi visited Bulgaria today and held working meetings with Bulgarian caretaker Foreign Minister Svetlan Stoev and with GERB leader and former PM Boyko Borissov, BTA reported. He was accompanied by Portugal Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva, whose country is currently holding the EU rotating Presidency.

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    • Putting a spoke in your little brother's wheel

      Putting a spoke in your little brother's wheel

      The intrigue that for months had been surrounding the question whether North Macedonia would start its accession talks with the EU came to a conclusion several days ago with Bulgaria's rather expected and resounding “No”. Or at least “Not yet”. Not before Skopje rethinks its attitude towards Bulgaria.

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    • PM Borissov: Coming generations will never forgive us for failing to reach a compromise

      PM Borissov: Coming generations will never forgive us for failing to reach a compromise

      “I have always thought that solutions can be found at the negotiating table. The current and the coming generations will never forgive either Bulgaria or the Republic of North Macedonia for failing to reach a compromise that would have created a path forward,” Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said during his meeting earlier today with Vlado Buchkovski, special representative of the government of the Republic of North Macedonia to Bulgaria, the Council of Ministers announced.

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    • Ministry of Foreign Affairs: It is time for Skopje to renounce manipulations

      Ministry of Foreign Affairs: It is time for Skopje to renounce manipulations

      It is time for the government of the Republic of North Macedonia to renounce the manipulative thesis that Bulgaria disputes the right of self-determination and the identity of the citizens of the Republic of North Macedonia or their right to name their language as they wish. This was announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in connection with a statement made by the government of the Republic of North Macedonia.

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    • Serbia hopes for EU membership by 2026

      Serbia hopes for EU membership by 2026

      Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić paid on Friday a one-day official visit to Brussels, where he talked with the highest EU officials about the European perspective of Serbia, Serbia-EU relations, as well as the continuation of the dialogue on normalisation of relations with Pristina. He expressed hopes that the accession negotiations between Serbia and the EU will be completed by 2024, and that it is realistic for Serbia to become an EU member by 2026.

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    • EU set to open accession talks with Albania and N. Macedonia

      EU set to open accession talks with Albania and N. Macedonia

      The European Union will start membership negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia, according to a draft unanimous decision by the bloc's 27 Member States, which is expected to be finalised this week. If approved as expected, the agreement would end two years of delays and signal new momentum for all six Western Balkan countries - Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and North Macedonia - seeking to join the EU.

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