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Statement of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic on the Proposal of the European Commission to Revise the EU Accession Process

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic on the Proposal of the European Commission to Revise the EU Accession Process

5.2.2020 | Slovensko a Európska únia | Vyhlásenia a stanoviská ministerstva

The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic welcomes the proposal of the European Commission to revise the procedures concerning the accession process, which was worked out based on the request made by member states in autumn 2019. We perceive this to be a good basis for the discussion and appreciate the efforts to increase the trustworthiness, dynamics and foreseeability of the enlargement policy.  We especially support the intention to increase even more the emphasis on the implementation of reforms in reinforcing the rule of law. The Slovak Republic is ready to constructively contribute to the discussion with the objective of adopting such amendments that would result in a more effective accession process.  Then we will actively participate in their application.
 

In the talks on the proposal, the Slovak Republic will continue to further promote especially three key elements: the confirmation of the European perspective and full-fledged EU membership as a final objective of the integration process, the clarity of criteria and their evaluation, and the restoration of the trustworthiness of the process both in the eyes of inhabitants of the region, as well as the EU.
 

We perceive the amendment of the accession process currently under preparation as a way to increase the justice and balance of the entire process that should be strict but also fair and just.  It should be more political than it has been up to now; however, the changes should not serve as instruments for introducing bilateral issues of member states into the relations between the EU and the membership applicants.  The Ministry believes that the progress in the discussions on the enlargement process amendments will lead to the opening of accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia in March.
 

The Ministry takes into account that in the context of the de facto stalled accession talks with Turkey, the proposal of the European Commission will cover exclusively the Western Balkans. In this context it also issues a reminder that Turkey is still a candidate country to join the EU,  a strategic partner of the Union in many issues, and an important ally in NATO.