EU accession rules change

EU accession rules change

Tirana, 9 November 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

EU associate member countries will now face new rules which aim at preventing politicization and identification of the conclusions of reports. The annual package of reports of the European Commission for the future accession candidates in this organization, starting from this year, has been prepared in a new form. This package will reflect a better picture of the progress made by each state in the process of European integration.

One of the novelties of the reports relates to the evaluation of the countries based on the grade system, from 1 to 5.

The reports for Albania, Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey, which have been postponed several times, will be presented in Brussels by the EU Enlargement Commissioner, Johannes Hahn.

In the recent weeks, the European Commission has held consultations behind closed doors with international experts for Western Balkan and Turkey, who recommended that the reports must come out of their bureaucratic form, which so far made them either unreadable or interpretable in different manners.

The experts proposed that the reports should be enriched with charts and tables, which will clearly show which country has made progress in comparison to other countries and to what extent.

The general progress will be indicated through grades, a system used in several early reports. The highest grade means that the country completely meets European standards, while the lowest grade means a gridlock.

This new form of the report is a great step forward, because it leaves less chance for wrong interpretations or politicization of the reports. /ibna/