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Parliamentary questions
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14 September 2018
E-002372/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Hahn on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002372/2018

The Commission’s recommendations to open accession negotiations with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania made in the 2018 Enlargement package(1) are based on a thorough and factual analysis of the situation in these countries.

The Council has recognized the considerable efforts made by the two countries and its conclusions of June 2018(2) directly reflect its positive response to progress made so far. Accordingly, the Council has set out the path towards opening accession negotiations with both countries in June 2019.

Further progress addressing fundamental reforms will be required in both the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania. As underlined in the Commission's strategy for ‘A credible enlargement perspective for and enhanced EU engagement with the western Balkans’ (Western Balkans Strategy) of 6 February 2018(3), the incentive of moving towards EU membership acts as an encouragement for the far-reaching reforms required and is in the Union's very own political, security and economic interest.

The progress achieved, the shortcomings that remain and guidance on priority reforms in all areas of the acquis for the enlargement countries, with a particular emphasis on the rule of law, are regularly presented in the Commission’s enlargement packages.

The budgetary implications of future enlargements will be subject to negotiations at a later stage of the process.

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/neighbourhood-enlargement/sites/near/files/20180417_strategy_paper_en.pdf
(2)http://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/35863/st10555-en18.pdf
(3)COM(2018) 65 final.

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