Várhelyi: EU hopefuls to conform to bloc’s electoral expectations

By |junij 2nd, 2020|Albania, electoral reform, News, North Macedonia|

Parties in Albania need to deliver a 'crucial' agreement on electoral reform, while North Macedonia's vote must leave sufficient time and possibilities for campaigning, the EU's enlargement chief Olivér Várhelyi said on Tuesday (2 June), outlining the priorities for the two EU hopefuls before accession talks can start.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Várhelyi: EU hopefuls to conform to bloc’s electoral expectations

Enlargement Package postponed until autumn, negotiation framework to go ahead in June

By |maj 20th, 2020|AFET Committee, Albania, Bulgaria, enlargement, Enlargement Package, EU-Western Balkans Summit, France, News, North Macedonia, Oliver Varhelyi, Western Balkans|

Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Várhelyi confirmed to EU lawmakers on Tuesday (19 May) that the publication of the European Commission's enlargement package has been postponed until autumn due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Enlargement Package postponed until autumn, negotiation framework to go ahead in June

Half-truths and double standards in Skopje’s language politics

By |maj 7th, 2020|Albania, Bulgaria, EU enlargement, News, North Macedonia|

The President of North Macedonia has no right to state that the country “doesn’t need the EU”  if it has to fulfil Bulgaria's conditionalities regarding the country’s language, because it is doing the same to its own ethnic Albanian citizens, writes Ziadin Sela.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Half-truths and double standards in Skopje’s language politics

EU and Western Balkan leaders reaffirm ties in veiled response to China, Russia

By |maj 7th, 2020|Albania, Aleksandar Vučić, Andrej Plenković, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Charles Michel, EU-Western Balkans Summit, Montenegro, News, Nikola Dimitrov, North Macedonia, Serbia, Ursula von der Leyen|

EU leaders confirmed their "unequivocal support for the European perspective" to their Western Balkans counterparts during a video-summit on Wednesday (6 May). However, the final declaration doesn't make reference to a tangible time frame for the regio...

Komentarji so izklopljeni za EU and Western Balkan leaders reaffirm ties in veiled response to China, Russia

Balkan hopefuls get green light to start EU talks, conditions still weigh on Tirana

By |marec 24th, 2020|Albania, Denmark, Emmanuel Macron, enlargement fatigue, EU enlargement, Netherlands, News, North Macedonia|

EU ministers on Tuesday (24 March) approved starting membership talks with North Macedonia and Albania, a move hailed as restoring "credibility" after months of damaging delays and bickering.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Balkan hopefuls get green light to start EU talks, conditions still weigh on Tirana

EU moves to start membership talks with North Macedonia, Albania

By |marec 23rd, 2020|Albania, coronavirus, Croatian Presidency, EU enlargement, Josep Borrell, News, North Macedonia|

The European Council is set to give the green light this week for starting accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania, in a long-awaited move for the Western Balkans after the enlargement process was effectively put on hold last year.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za EU moves to start membership talks with North Macedonia, Albania

Albania opposition rallies to stop ‘coup d’état’ over reforms

By |marec 3rd, 2020|Albania, democratic deficit, Edi Rama, EU enlargement, Ilir Meta, News|

Thousands of opposition supporters denounced Albania's government at a protest rally on Monday (2 March) in a move likely to deepen a row between the country's president and the socialist administration over judicial reforms sought by the West.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Albania opposition rallies to stop ‘coup d’état’ over reforms

Donors pledge an ‘overwhelming’ €1.15 billion for Albania quake recovery

By |februar 18th, 2020|Albania, donor conference, earthquake, Edi Rama, EU enlargement, News|

International donors on Monday (17 February) pledged €1.15 billion to help Albania recover from a powerful earthquake last year, the EU chief announced, more than double the sum expected by Tirana.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Donors pledge an ‘overwhelming’ €1.15 billion for Albania quake recovery

EU in ‘frank’ talks with Western Balkan nations seeking membership

By |februar 17th, 2020|Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Charles Michel, Emmanuel Macron, enlargement fatigue, EU enlargement, France, Kosovo, Montenegro, News, North Macedonia, Serbia, Western Balkans|

European Council president Charles Michel on Sunday (16 February) met with leaders of the six Western Balkan nations seeking to join the EU, for 'frank' talks ahead of a key summit in Zagreb in May.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za EU in ‘frank’ talks with Western Balkan nations seeking membership

Mini-Schengen is not a ‘plan B’ for the Western Balkans

By |februar 14th, 2020|Albania, EU enlargement, mini-Schengen, News, reconciliation, Western Balkans|

The idea of an inclusive regional Schengen and cooperation among the six Western Balkan countries, based on the four freedoms of the European Union, is not a replacement but the best way to prepare for EU accession, writes Edi Rama.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Mini-Schengen is not a ‘plan B’ for the Western Balkans