The European Commissioner for Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi, presented in an exclusive interview for DW the framework of the accession negotiations for Albania and North Macedonia.
The framework of the negotiations
The presentation of the negotiating framework for Albania and North Macedonia to the European Council marks an important step in the two countries' paths towards the European Union. Our proposals are based on the revised enlargement methodology, which we presented in February to make the admission process more credible, dynamic and with a stronger political orientation.
I am looking forward to talking about it with member states and holding pre-intergovernmental conferences with the two countries as soon as possible. Their future is clearly in the European Union and I am confident that they will continue to implement reforms on their way to the EU, as they have done so far.
The main directives
Each negotiating framework establishes directives and principles for EU accession negotiations for each candidate country and is divided into three parts: the first part contains the guiding principles, the main ones of the EU accession negotiations; in the second part the essence of the EU acquis; in the third the negotiation procedure.
The aim of the negotiations is for Albania and North Macedonia to adopt the EU acquis in its entirety, to strengthen its implementation during the EU accession process. The negotiating frameworks are structured on the basis of previous EU enlargement processes and on-going accession negotiations: they complement the revised enlargement methodology, take into account the evolution of the EU acquis and reflect the merits of the countries themselves and their specific situations.
Albania to the EU
Overall, and despite the difficulties caused by COVID-19, Albania has continued to show its commitment and achieve tangible results in key areas, highlighted in the conclusions of the General Affairs Council of the European Council last March.
In particular, Albania has already made progress in meeting the conditions required for the first intergovernmental conference. The latest result was the agreement on electoral reform with the participation of all political parties, parliamentary and otherwise. All this shows commitment and that Albania is giving results even in the most difficult moments. We are confident that Albania will continue to successfully implement the necessary reforms.
It is essential that Albania relies on the latest results and continues the progress of reforms in the areas of the rule of law, the judiciary and the fight against corruption and organized crime. The Commission will continue to monitor and support the Albanian authorities in their efforts.
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