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Monday, 10 February 2020 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Assessment of the revised enlargement methodology proposal of the European Commission (debate)
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  Andrius Kubilius (PPE). – Madam President, it is very clear that in this House the majority agrees that enlargement until now has been one of the most successful EU policies, which contributed to extending the area of democracy, peace and prosperity across Europe.

The prospect of EU membership always was, is and will be in the future a fundamental incentive for reforms in applicant countries. That is why, what the Commissioner proposed in the Commission’s communication, I consider as a very important strategic and a good step forward, making the whole process, first of all, more credible.

Of course, credibility depends, first of all, on the efforts of applicant countries to reform themselves, but it also depends on the responsibility of the EU Member States. The whole process cannot depend on one or another EU Member State, which can block the whole enlargement process without any serious arguments. The qualified majority vote should become the rule in the whole enlargement process in order to make it more credible.

Mr Commissioner, I’m absolutely sure, your efforts to make credible enlargement happen will have credible and strong support in this House.

 
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