Foreign ministers of EU member states failed to reach an agreement on opening negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia.
The statement was issued by Finnish Minister Tytti Tuppurainen, who said at a press conference after the meeting that there were some hesitant and opposing positions during the meeting. After the press conference, Johannes Hahn writes on Twitter that this is a difficult moment and not a glory for Europe, which must decide to open the green light for Macedonia and Albania.
“Many regrets that the member states could not make a decision to open accession negotiations with Macedonia and Albania. This is not a moment of glory for Europe; it is the third time in 16 months that we are discussing this important issue!
Importantly, most member states have supported the recommendation to open negotiations! Any delay will undermine our role in the Western Balkans and the credibility of our ambition to become a stronger global player.
We need to restore our credibility. Albania and Macedonia have done their homework and implemented painful reforms. EU accession is a merit-based process and that is why we must accept concrete progress. Hard discussions are ahead, but we hope for the green light deserved by Albania and Macedonia, ”said Hahn.