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Wednesday, 23 October 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Opening accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania (continuation of debate)
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  Laura Huhtasaari (ID). – Mr President, EU candidacy status should only be granted to countries which have a realistic prospect of joining the Union. Albania and North Macedonia are both crime—ridden countries with problems of corruption and the rule of law. The EU has had enough trouble in absorbing Romania and Bulgaria into the Union, who were not even ready to join the Union back in 2007. We should not give false hope to countries who do not really fulfil the criteria of an EU membership candidate. The EU should stop spreading its borders ever wider when its own house is not in order.

 
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