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

EU’s COVID-19 aid to reassure Western Balkan hopefuls as virus set to hijack summit

By |maj 6th, 2020|COVID-19, enlargement, EU-Western Balkans Summit, News|

As EU leaders e-meet with their Western Balkans counterparts on Wednesday (6 May), the focus will be on a €3.3 billion EU aid package to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in the region. What is seen as an attempt to counter...

Komentarji so izklopljeni za EU’s COVID-19 aid to reassure Western Balkan hopefuls as virus set to hijack summit

Western Balkans summit encourages ‘European perspective’ but omits enlargement

By |maj 5th, 2020|coronavirus, Croatian Presidency, disinformation, enlargement, EU-Western Balkans Summit, News|

A virtual meeting of EU and Western Balkan leaders to discuss the future of the region on Wednesday (6 May) will produce a final declaration that is set to omit the word "enlargement" altogether, instead focusing on EU support during the COVID-19 pande...

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Western Balkans summit encourages ‘European perspective’ but omits enlargement

Time for a new approach to the Western Balkans

By |maj 5th, 2020|enlargement, EU-Western Balkans Summit, News|

The EU's relationship with the Western Balkans appears to have turned a positive corner in recent months, with the decision to start the much-delayed accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia, and the provision of substantial COVID-19 rel...

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Time for a new approach to the Western Balkans

Risk still there for Ukraine to become frozen conflict – OSCE chief

By |februar 19th, 2020|Donbas, enlargement, MSC2020, Munich security conference, News, Normandy format, OSCE, OSCE Minsk group, Russia, Thomas Greminger, Ukraine, Ukraine conflict, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, Western Balkans|

Despite recent rapprochement between Ukraine and Russia, the full implementation of the Minsk agreements is still "miles away" and there is still a risk that the separatist regions could turn into another "frozen conflict", OSCE Secretary-General, Thom...

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Risk still there for Ukraine to become frozen conflict – OSCE chief

New membership forms solve EU challenges

By |februar 13th, 2020|Balkans, enlargement, News|

Associate membership and other innovations could be used to break the log-jam and the EU's enlargement fatigue, giving the EU a chance to turn a “historic mistake” into a historic opportunity, writes Manfred Kohler.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za New membership forms solve EU challenges

North Macedonia ratifies NATO accession protocol, but still waiting for Spain

By |februar 12th, 2020|enlargement, Nato, NATO accession protocoll, News, North Macedonia, Spain, Stevo Pendarovski, Western Balkans, Zoran Zaev|

North Macedonia's parliament unanimously ratified NATO's accession protocol on Tuesday (11 February),  taking Skopje a step closer to becoming the military alliance's 30th member in the coming weeks.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za North Macedonia ratifies NATO accession protocol, but still waiting for Spain

(Yet) another ‘credible EU perspective’?

By |februar 11th, 2020|accession, enlargement, News, Western Balkans|

The European Commission’s new proposal for enhanced accession process of the Western Balkans is 'a small masterpiece of European compromise' that could foster momentum and reforms. But it still lacks details on funding and convergence and realistic target years, write Milena Lazarević, Sena Marić and Strahinja Subotić.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za (Yet) another ‘credible EU perspective’?

Commission tries to breathe new life into EU enlargement

By |februar 5th, 2020|accession, Albania, enlargement, enlargement negotiations, EU enlargement, Montenegro, News, North Macedonia, Oliver Varhelyi, Serbia|

The new enlargement rules presented by the Commission on Wednesday (5 February) are supposed to inject credibility, predictability, dynamism and a political steer into the increasingly moribund process. "This is a geostrategic investment," promised Olivér Várhelyi, the Commissioner for enlargement.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za Commission tries to breathe new life into EU enlargement

EU should stop ‘subsidising undermining democracy,’ warns NGO boss

By |februar 3rd, 2020|Article 7, enlargement, EU budget, human rights, Human Rights Watch, Hungary, Multi-Annual Financial Framework (MFF), News, Poland, trade, Turkey|

The EU should "stop subsidizing undermining democracy within the EU," Kenneth Roth,  Executive Director of Human Rights Watch told EURACTIV in an interview, arguing that the negotiations over the next 7-year budget will not just be about money but about fundamental rights.

Komentarji so izklopljeni za EU should stop ‘subsidising undermining democracy,’ warns NGO boss