Germany is pushing EU member states to approve the start of accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia in June, before the end of Portugal’s presidency of the Council of the European Union.
Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth, will arrive in Albania today to express the full support for the first intergovernmental conference to be held between the EU and the country of Western Europe in a month.
He went yesterday for the same purpose, neighbor of Albania, North Macedonia, in an approach which seems to show the firm position of Germany not to decouple the European routes of the two countries.
In March 2020, EU leaders made the political decision to open talks with Albania and North Macedonia, but put a number of conditions for Albania to meet before it participates in the talks. . It is still unclear whether the 27 EU member states would agree with the European Commission’s assessment that Albania has fulfilled all the conditions.
However, Bulgaria vetoed the advancement of North Macedonia on issues of identity and language. Germany is now the main EU member state pushing not to separate the two countries’ progress on the EU path and to decide on a date for the start of negotiations with the two countries.