News archive - Commission presents draft negotiating frameworks for Albania and North Macedonia

Another step towards the EU enlargement was taken for Albania and North Macedonia. European Commission presented to the Council on 01 July the draft negotiating guidelines for both countries, setting out the principles for the accession talks. The draft negotiating frameworks build on the experience of past enlargements and the ongoing accession negotiations. They integrate the revised enlargement methodology, take into account the evolving EU acquis, and reflect the countries' own merits and specific situations.

When Member States will have adopted the negotiating frameworks, the rotating Presidency of the Council will present the general EU position agreed at the first Intergovernmental Conference with each country, marking the formal start of accession negotiations. At this stage, the negotiating frameworks will be made public.

The objective is that Albania and Montenegro adopt the full EU acquis and ensure its implementation and enforcement upon accession.

The Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi commented is optimistic as “Their future lies clearly in the European Union and I am confident they will continue to deliver on the reforms on their EU path, as they have done so far”.

For more information see:

Geographical focus
  • Albania
  • European Union (EU 27)
  • Republic of North Macedonia
  • Western Balkans
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary

Entry created by Admin on July 6, 2020
Modified on July 6, 2020