EU accession

    • 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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    • Naum Kaychev: The connectivity between Bulgaria and North Macedonia is at a tragic level

      Naum Kaychev: The connectivity between Bulgaria and North Macedonia is at a tragic level

      Sofia will back a decision to begin accession talks, which will entail setting a date for their actual opening. However, Bulgaria's support will not be unconditional; it will have some requirements attached, which will be posed over the course of the long negotiation process. Bulgaria will insist that the Agreement on Friendship, Good Neighbourliness and Cooperation signed by the two countries is observed, says Ass. Prof. Naum Kaychev, PhD, deputy co-chair of the Joint Commission on Historical and Educational Matters with North Macedonia.

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    • Assession support under conditions

      Assession support under conditions

      Bulgaria's continued support for Skopje's EU accession bid depends on whether North Macedonia stands by its obligations under the already signed treaty on mutual relations between the two countries, Bulgarian leaders agreed last Monday at a consultative meeting in Sofia held by President Rumen Radev. According to Radev, North Macedonia cannot make progress towards the EU at the expense of Bulgarian interests, insisting there are red lines that can not be crossed. Skopje hopes to get a date to start accession talks in the coming weeks.

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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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