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Parliamentary questions
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3 February 2020
E-003968/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Várhelyi
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003968/2019

The Commission will continue to report objectively on the situation in Albania and North Macedonia and on the countries’ implementation of reforms. Based on the strict and fair assessment presented in the Enlargement Package 2019(1) (2), the Commission stands by the recommendation of May 2019 to open accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia(3).

Albania has demonstrated determination to advance on the EU reform agenda, despite the prolonged political crisis and the fragmented political context. The country has continued to deliver tangible and sustainable results on the conditions identified by the Council in June 2018(4).

North Macedonia has shown a strong determination to advance on the EU path and has achieved concrete results, following its ambitious reform agendas in the areas set out by the Council in June 2018. The country has also taken key steps to improve good neighbourly relations through the Prespa Agreement(5). This, together with the bilateral treaty with Bulgaria, set a positive example for the western Balkans and beyond.

The Commission will continue to encourage partners in the region to pursue reforms, in particular, in the areas of the rule of law, fundamental rights, the functioning of democratic institutions, public administration and economic development.

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/neighbourhood-enlargement/sites/near/files/20190529-albania-report.pdf
(2) https://ec.europa.eu/neighbourhood-enlargement/sites/near/files/20190529-north-macedonia-report.pdf
(3) https://ec.europa.eu/neighbourhood-enlargement/sites/near/files/20190529-communication-on-eu-enlargement-policy_en.pdf
(4) https://www.consilium.europa.eu/media/35863/st10555-en18.pdf
(5)Final Agreement for the settlement of the differences as described in the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 817 (1993) and 845 (1993), the termination of the Interim Accord of 1995, and the establishment of a Strategic Partnership between the Parties.
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