Bulgarian Veto on N. Macedonia Freezes Start of Albania's Accession Talks with EU

The enlargement process  will be discussed at a meeting of the EU General Affairs Council in Luxembourg on Tuesday, but no significant decision is expected on the countries awaiting the formalization of the start of the accession negotiations. And this time Albania seems to be penalized by North Macedonia.

According to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty sources on Monday, all possibilities for the meeting to approve the frameworks for EU accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia have been eliminated. This is because Bulgaria has not given up its opposition to Northern Macedonia and as a result some countries do not want to discuss and decide only on Albania.

According to the European Commission, both of these candidate countries have met all the conditions for launching membership negotiations, but the decision on such a step is taken in the Council only if all 27 EU member states agree on such a thing. The so-called intergovernmental conferences between the EU and Montenegro, and the EU with Serbia, will take place on Tuesday.

They will be of a political nature only and will not involve the opening or closing of any negotiating chapter. Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministers of the European Union started their meeting in Luxembourg on Monday on a range of topics, from the situation in Belarus to the dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia. / argumentum.al