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Monday, 10 February 2020 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Assessment of the revised enlargement methodology proposal of the European Commission (debate)

  Andor Deli (PPE). – Madam President, first and foremost, I must commend the fast and efficient work of the new Commission, and especially you, Commissioner Várhelyi. In my view, 2020 will be a decisive year for enlargement policy. If things go well this year, we could have at least one candidate country that is ready for full accession by 2025.

Looking at the first reactions in the Western Balkans and also in the Member States, there is a positive anticipatory attitude on both sides and I think that’s a good sign. The new proposal can make the accession negotiations more political but also more efficient, especially with the help of the thematic clusters, which will definitely make the opening of chapters faster, and if a cluster is closed, by allowing access to certain EU funds, there would be a tangible difference for the citizens and also for the companies in the region. I would also commend the flexibility of the system, as it can be used for countries such as Serbia, which is already well advanced in the negotiations. The cluster mechanism could significantly speed up the process. I wish you all the best and you can count on our support.

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