Making the EU accession process more credible, with a stronger political steer, more dynamic and predictable – these are the objectives of the European Commission's proposals adopted on 5 February about the process of membership negotiations.
Presenting the proposals, Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi, stated that the EU enlargement to the Western Balkans is a top priority for the Commission.
"We are working on three tracks: Firstly, today we propose concrete steps on how to enhance the accession process. While we are strengthening and improving the process, the goal remains accession and full EU membership. Secondly, and in parallel, the Commission stands firmly by its recommendations to open accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania and will soon provide an update on the progress made by these two countries. Thirdly, in preparation of the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Zagreb in May, the Commission will come forward with an economic and investment development plan for the region", said the Commissioner.
Press package is available here https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_181