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State Department: We support opening accession talks with Northern Macedonia and Albania without delay

US State Department spokesman Ned Price wrote on Twitter that his country supported the opening of EU accession negotiations with northern Macedonia and Albania without delay.

“We support the opening of EU accession negotiations with Northern Macedonia and Albania without delay. “We are engaging at the highest levels of government to demonstrate our commitment to the European path of aspirants,” he wrote on Twitter.

Two letters from the Dutch government to parliament show that during the General Affairs Council on June 22, the government intends to support the adoption of negotiating frameworks and the planning of Intergovernmental Conferences with Northern Macedonia and Albania, wrote on Twitter Wouter Zweers, Research Researcher at Clingendael – Dutch Institute of International Relations. Parliament will debate the issue on June 16th.

According to Zweers, the government wrote that it supported the Commission’s conclusion that Albania has now made sufficient progress in these conditions.

“As part of the government’s strict and fair approach to EU enlargement, the first IGC with Albania could happen in terms of government after the negotiation framework has been agreed,” Zweers wrote.

In the last two years, the Netherlands has shown clear reservations about the resumption of accession talks with Albania and was, along with France, one of the few countries that reportedly prevented the decision to open EU accession talks in October. 2019, causing significant negative reactions from EU officials.

The General Affairs Council of the European Union is meeting on 22 June, with the exchange of views on Enlargement and the Stabilization and Association Process on the agenda.

The Council formally opened accession negotiations with both countries in March 2020. The next step is for the EU to adopt negotiating frameworks with both countries and hold the first Intergovernmental Conferences.

The European Commission presented to the Council the draft negotiating frameworks for Albania and Northern Macedonia on 1 July 2020. It assessed that both countries were ready to move to the next stage in the October annual reports.

However, the process has been at a standstill, due to the Bulgarian government’s veto on negotiations with northern Macedonia. The ideas of de-union of the two countries and allowing Albania to progress have been put into circulation, but have not been approved by any official.

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