Albania and North Macedonia: call to open accession talks for Europe’s security 

In two resolutions, MEPs are set to warn that the enlargement process could potentially have historically important implications for security in Europe.

The draft reports, to be put to a vote on Thursday, assess the progress made by Albania and North Macedonia towards EU membership. They urge the Council to officially start accession negotiations with both countries, pointing to the geostrategic context of relations with Russia and its aggression against Ukraine.

The EU must assess the historically important security implications of the enlargement process for stability and unity on the European continent and the Western Balkans, MEPs say. They also stress that the Council has failed to open long overdue accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania, although both countries have fulfilled the set conditions and delivered sustained results.

Procedure: Own initiative reports

Debate: Wednesday 18 May

Vote: Thursday 19 May