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Opening accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania

In a resolution adopted on 24 October 2019 European Parliament stresses that both countries meet the requirements to start negotiations. Parliament expresses deep disappointment over the failure to agree on opening EU accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia at the EU summit on 17-18 October. Praising North Macedonia's efforts to settle difficult bilateral issues with its neighbouring countries, MEPs also welcome recent judiciary reforms in Albania.

European Parliament states that the "non-decision" by EU leaders is a strategic mistake, which damages the EU's credibility and sends a negative message to other possible candidate countries. It could also allow other foreign actors - whose activity might not be in line with EU values and interests - to engage more closely with both Albania and North Macedonia.

MEPs urge EU countries to act responsibly towards Albania and North Macedonia and to take a unanimous positive decision at the next meeting.

Annual Resolutions on Commission Reports on Albania

In recent years, the European Parliament has passed a resolution each year scrutinising Albania's accession to the European Union and commenting on the Commission's enlargement reports.

In the last few years, Parliament has commended the progress achieved in:
  • meeting the political criteria for membership,
  • adoption of the comprehensive judicial reform,
  • continuous implementation of public administration reform,
  • adoption of key anti-corruption legislation,
  • full alignment with relevant EU declarations and Council conclusions,
  • cooperation with CSOs.

Parliament has also expressed its concerns about:
  • Electoral Reform, need to address all OSCE/ODIHR recommendations,
  • corruption, which continues to pose a serious problem,
  • need to eradicate drug cultivation, production and trafficking,
  • protection of human and minority rights, anti-discrimination policies,
  • freedom of media,
  • enforcement of environmental law,
  • number of asylum applications by Albanians in the EU.