Varhelyi: Albania ‘could start’ accession talks without North Macedonia

Varhelyi: Albania ‘could start’ accession talks without North Macedonia

Albania and North Macedonia have until now been treated as one undivided body on the road to the European Union integration. However, the problems that Skopje has recently been facing with Sofia because of issues of a historical context, the EU could be forced to hold the first Inter-governmental Conference (IGC) with Albania alone, instead of both countries, said in an interview with Euronews, the EU Commissioner for Neighborhood and Enlargement, Oliver Várhelyi.

Asked if Albania would soon receive the green light for the Intergovernmental Conference from the European Commission, Varhelyi noted “it’s not the Commission who gives the green light.  The commission gives the proposal to the state council where the member states are and where the member states are taking the decision. Our assessment is that both countries, both North Macedonia and Albanai have complied with all the conditions to organize the IGC”.

“I do hope that we will be able to have the first intergovernmental conferences still in June, this year. If, if we run into difficulties again with north Macedonia which means that we are unsuccessful in convincing both Bulgaria and North Macedonia to come to a mutually agreeable solution, then the question will emerge, whether we can move forward with Albania only, and we will have to consider that question.”

Asked if disconnection could be an option, Varhelyi said “yes, it could be an option”./ibna