Enlargement

25 Jun: The Enlargement day is back

(Source: European Committee of Regions)

On 13 July 2021, the CoR, in cooperation with the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU, will hold the Enlargement Day. 

After June’s meetings of the CoR’s Working Groups and Joint Consultative Committees with candidate countries and potential candidates, this unique annual event, organized online this year, will discuss the role of regions and cities in the EU accession process and sustainable recovery pathways in the region. 

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12 May: AT A GLANCE : Turkey: 2019 and 2020 country reports

(Source: EU Parliament)

Turkey’s relations with the European Communities/Union date back to 1959, with milestones including the Ankara Association Agreement (1963) and Customs Union (1995). Turkey is a key strategic partner of the EU on issues such as migration, security, counter-terrorism and trade. However, following democratic backsliding, in June 2018 the Council of the EU decided to freeze accession negotiations. During its May 2021 plenary session, the European Parliament is due to debate a resolution on the Commission’s latest country reports on Turkey.

Full Report…

12 May: AT A GLANCE : Turkey: 2019 and 2020 country reports

(Source: EU Parliament)

Turkey’s relations with the European Communities/Union date back to 1959, with milestones including the Ankara Association Agreement (1963) and Customs Union (1995). Turkey is a key strategic partner of the EU on issues such as migration, security, counter-terrorism and trade. However, following democratic backsliding, in June 2018 the Council of the EU decided to freeze accession negotiations. During its May 2021 plenary session, the European Parliament is due to debate a resolution on the Commission’s latest country reports on Turkey.

Full Report…

11 May: North Macedonia: Press remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell after his meeting with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev

(Source: EEAS)

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Good morning to everybody,I am very glad that I could welcome today Prime Minister [of North Macedonia Zoran] Zaev at the External Action Service headquarters, here in Brussels.

And it is a very timely meeting because just yesterday, we had an interesting and long discussion at the Foreign Affairs Ministers Council of the European Union about the Western Balkans. About the importance of the Western Balkans and our continued commitment to the region. The Ministers [of Foreign Affairs], all of them, reaffirmed the European perspective of the whole region, Prime Minister.

There was a strong …

11 May: Enlargement: new enlargement methodology will be applied to Montenegro and Serbia

(Source: EU Consilium)

The Council agreed on the application of the revised enlargement methodology to the accession negotiations with Montenegro and Serbia, after both candidate countries expressed their acceptance of the new methodology. The changes will be accommodated within the existing negotiating frameworks with Montenegro and Serbia during the next Intergovernmental Conferences.

The European Union and its Member States have consistently expressed their unequivocal support for the European perspective of the Western Balkans. This firm, merit-based prospect of full EU membership for the Western Balkans is in the Union’s own political, security and economic interests.

A credible accession perspective is …

11 May: EU Enlargement Policy – Western Balkans, the ‘squirrel in a cage’

Editor’s Blog: Produced in collaboration with the EU Buzz team 

In 2003 at the summit in Thessaloniki, the European Council declared that “the future of the Balkans is within the European Union”. This political commitment was a clear promise taken by the European Union and Western Balkans’ heads of state and governments that European Enlargement would include the former Yugoslavian block. 

Seventeen years after the European Union committed itself to an enlarged future which encompassed the Western Balkans, only one country – Croatia, has succeeded in joining the Union. Today, the accession process remains slow and glacial, with the stretched conditionality, new methodology, and the ghosts of …