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Parliamentary questions
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19 October 2018
E-005358-18
Question for written answer E-005358-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marlene Mizzi (S&D)

 Subject:  Enlargement
 Answer in writing 

The Commission is paving the way for collaboration with the western Balkans through the multiple strategies and negotiations that have been launched. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has terminated its mandate, but this does not mean that all is well in the Balkans. While all of the states included in the strategy (except Kosovo) have ratified the European Convention on Human Rights, this does not mean that human rights are up to the standard demanded by the European Union.

Can the Commission explain how the EU will prevent the candidate countries and potential candidate countries from disregarding the acquis communautaire and the human rights standards once they become full Member States of the Union?

This concern pertains to a number of rights, but particularly to discrimination based on nationality. Tensions between the people of former Yugoslav states continue to exist, and this could translate into outright discrimination on the basis of nationality, which is severely condemned in the EU. What would the specific strategy be in relation to this issue?

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