The Secretary of State for European Affairs of Portugal, Ana Paula Zacarias has confirmed that there are no opening of negotiations for Albania and North Macedonia. The Portuguese minister says that it was decided to postpone the date for the First Intergovernmental Conference.
The reason is the veto of Bulgaria against North Macedonia, from which Albania also suffered.
Even with the Portuguese presidency in the EU, Albania failed to open negotiations and it is now expected to see what will happen in the Slovenian presidency.
"We started the day with enlargement talks. Unfortunately, despite all our efforts, it was impossible to reach an agreement on maintaining the framework of negotiations and holding the First Intergovernmental Conference on Albania and North Macedonia. We hope that the Slovenian presidency will be able to reach a date. The European perspective of the Western Balkans is a vital part of the European Union," said Zacarias.
All countries were in favor of opening negotiations for Albania, even the most skeptical Netherlands gave 'ok' for holding the first intergovernmental roundtable, but now in the coming months the fate of our country's European integration will remain with the Bulgaria-North Macedonia dialogue, only if the Slovenian EU Presidency decides to divide the road between the two countries.
Today the EU foreign ministers met at the General Affairs Council in Luxembourg, but the result was the disagreement to hold a First Intergovernmental Conference for the two Western Balkan countries.