The Western Balkans is pushing for the opening of the European Union’s door, and it is possible, in Spring for Brussels to give the green light to starting accession negotiations with Macedonia and Albania, wrote the Austrian newspaper “Kurier”.
The daily newspaper says that EU Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Commissioner, Johannes Hahn met with journalists from the region this week and confimred that Macedonia and Albania are on the right path to the EU.
The Presidsent of the European President, Jean-Claude Juncker said this week that the EU could welcome new members in 2025, but EU Commissioner Hahn says there are no guarantees that a country will become a member of the Union in 2025. He believes that the setting of a specific deadline may be dangerous for countries next to the Western Balkans who will not reach the deadline, so they will remain waiting and returning.
In February, the European Commission is to present a strategy for the Western Balkans to further strengthen the European perspective and the necessary reforms in the region.
“Kurir” states that because Macedonia and Albania are on the right path, the countries are expected to receive a positive assessment, which should provide the basis for EU member states to pave the way to start accession negotiations.