Today the European Commission presented to the Council the draft regarding the negotiation frameworks for Albania and North Macedonia, in which the principles for the accession talks are defined.
“Today marks another important step on the routes of Albania and North Macedonia to the European Union. In keeping with our commitment, we have set concrete frameworks for the conduct of the accession negotiations.
Our proposals are based on the revised enlargement methodology, which we presented in February to make the accession process more credible, with a stronger and more dynamic political orientation.
I look forward to discussions with the Member States, while the first intergovernmental conferences with the two countries will be held as soon as possible. Their future is clearly in the European Union and I am confident that they will continue to pursue reforms on their way to the EU, as they have done so far. " - said the Commissioner for Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi.
The frameworks for the accession negotiations
The negotiation frameworks set out the principles for the accession negotiations with each candidate country. They are divided into three parts: the principles governing the accession negotiations, the content of the negotiations and the negotiation procedure.
The aim of the negotiations is for Albania and northern Macedonia to adopt the EU acquis in its entirety and ensure its full implementation and application upon accession.
The negotiation frameworks are based on the experience of previous enlargements and on the ongoing accession negotiations. They complement the revised enlargement methodology, take into account the evolving EU acquis and duly reflect the specific merits and situations of the countries.
The credibility of the negotiation process is enhanced by an even stronger focus on fundamental reforms, starting from the rule of law, the functioning of democratic institutions and public administration, as well as the economy of the two countries.
The next steps
After presenting the negotiating frameworks to the EU Member States, the European Commission will send an update on the progress made by the two countries.
Once the Member States have adopted the negotiating frameworks, the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union will present the general EU position - agreed at the first intergovernmental conference with each country - marking the formal start of the accession negotiations. The negotiating frameworks will be made public at this stage.
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