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Sweden, Czech Republic unveil priorities in EU presidency: Albania, North Macedonia should start membership talks immediately

  • 9/9/2021 5:42 PM
Sweden, Czech Republic unveil priorities in EU presidency: Albania, North Macedonia should start membership talks immediately

The Foreign Ministers of the Czech Republic and Sweden, Jakup Kulhanek and An Linde, said that the priority for Sweden and official Prague during the EU presidency will be the Western Balkans and the progress of the countries in the region with reforms.
The Czech Republic will hold the presidency of the EU from July 2022, while in January 2023 Sweden will hold the presidency.

"I would like to hear promises at the EU-Western Balkans summit during the Czech presidency, to hear promises for concrete dates, to say Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia should join the EU," Kulhanek told a joint news conference with Linde. 

The Swedish Foreign Minister stressed that it depends on the progress of reforms that should be towards respecting European values ​​in those countries.

"The Balkans are important. "Albania and North Macedonia met the conditions for the start of talks and should start talks immediately," Linde said.

Minister Kulhanek reminded that the EU has been promising a European perspective to the countries of the Western Balkans for several years and is unable to fulfill those promises.

/Klara Ruci/