The European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee has approved the reports on the progress of North Macedonia and Albania on their path to the EU, said Ilhan Kyuchyuk, MEP and rapporteur for North Macedonia.
In a statement to Bulgarian National Radio (BNR), Kyuchyuk stressed that the documents were approved after a compromise was reached in the report on North Macedonia yesterday afternoon.
According to Kyuchyuk, there was agreement on the countries’ report after the compromise stating that “good neighbourly relations are an important part of the negotiation process, that the Agreement with Bulgaria must be fully implemented and that it plays a key role in regional cooperation”.
The report prepared by MEP Isabel Santos on Albania was approved in principle with the European Parliament being called to “hold the First Intergovernmental Conference with Albania without wasting time”, as broadcast by the ATA Agency.
The chairman of the Socialist Party (SP) parliamentary group, Taulant Balla, thanked the European Parliament’s rapporteur for Albania, Isabel Santos, for the approval in principle by the European Parliament’s Foreign Policy Committee for the First Intergovernmental Conference with Albania.
Balla said: “I thanked the rapporteur for Albania, Isabel Santos, by telephone, as the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee had in principle approved (online voting on amendments continues) the report prepared by MEP Santos, requesting by the European Council “to hold the First Intergovernmental Conference with Albania without wasting time”, reaffirming the European Commission’s full assessment that Albania no longer has conditions and unfulfilled tasks in order for the Conference to be held”.
The report, Balla said, would be adopted at the plenary session of the European Parliament last week.
The European Parliament will decide on the reports on North Macedonia and Albania at a plenary session scheduled for March 25./ibna