Hahn: Opening EU membership talks with North Macedonia and rejecting Albania’s candidacy “would be a huge political mistake

European Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn told the Italian news agency ANSA that opening EU membership talks with North Macedonia and rejecting Albania’s candidacy “would be a huge political mistake”.

“I will do everything to avoid this,” the European Commissioner said in a statement to ANSA and other international media groups just a week before the EU leaders’ summit on 17 and 18 October.

“EU member states often decide for reasons closely related to their domestic policy, but some signals make me optimistic,” Hahn added, noting that he has noticed France’s willingness to seek a solution.

“There is still time to come to an agreement and this is also a matter of responsibility and trust for the EU as well,” Hahn said.

/Klara Ruci/

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