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Parliamentary questions
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22 January 2020
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Traian Băsescu
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Enlargement process

Albania applied for EU membership in 2009 and was granted candidate country status in 2014. In 2016, the Commission recommended, for the first time, that accession negotiations be opened with Albania. North Macedonia applied for membership in 2004 and became a candidate country in 2005. The Commission has repeatedly recommended since 2009 that accession negotiations be opened with that country. However, whenever this matter has been placed on the agenda, the Council has deferred taking a decision. Parliament has repeatedly expressed its support for continuing the EU enlargement process.

What concrete steps is the Commission taking to ensure candidate countries and potential candidate countries remain keen to join the EU, when the Council has been postponing the launch of negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia? How can we avoid these countries becoming disillusioned with the unkept promises made on EU membership and stop them drifting away from the values the EU promotes and looking for support elsewhere in the vicinity?

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