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Miroslav Lajčák Hopes for a Successful EU Summit in Zagreb

Miroslav Lajčák Hopes for a Successful EU Summit in Zagreb

9.12.2019 | Aktivity ministra | Slovensko a Európska únia

The options for the opening of accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia at the beginning of next year were the main topic of today’s (December 9, 2019) working meeting of the chiefs of diplomacies of the EU member states with their partners from Albania and North Macedonia – Gent Cakaj and Nikola Dmitrov, in Brussels. The meeting took place prior to the beginning of the meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC). The ministers discussed the continuation of the processes of transformation and integration in the region of the Western Balkans, in the context of the forthcoming discussion on the changes in the process of the enlargement of the EU. The chief European diplomats acknowledged Albania and North Macedonia for their reasonable reaction to the decision not to open accession negotiations in October of this year and emphasized the importance of the implementation of the adopted reform measures. “We support the strengthening of the credibility of the enlargement process in the Union and also in the Western Balkans, which should be assisted by the transparent fulfilment of clear and fair criteria. We wish to set an ambitious agenda for the upcoming months in such a manner that the May EU-Western Balkans Summit in Zagreb will be successful,”  emphasized the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, Miroslav Lajčák in this regard.