You have done everything expected of you, but I want to be honest, not all member states are prepared to make a decision to start negotiations in the coming days.

This is what President of the European Council, Donald Tusk told President Stevo Pendarovski after meeting in Brussels.

“Personally, I believe that there can be only one decision to start negotiations in accordance with the recommendations from the European Commission, for North Macedonia and Albania. Today it is not a question of whether, but when. I am a little cautious, because I know that sometimes reaching a consensus among 28 countries can take longer than I would like”, Tusk said.

He added that he does not want to prejudge the EU’s decisions.

“In the past two years, your country has delivered all the real political signals that the EU expects from candidates. Indeed, the launching of accession negotiations was the centre of our talks today. Within my role as President of the European Council, I do not want to prejudge the EU’s decisions”, Tusk said.