Von der Leyen calls for start of talks with North Macedonia, Albania

Von der Leyen calls for start of talks with North Macedonia, Albania

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, today from Strasbourg called on the EU to start accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania.

Von der Leyen addressed the European Parliament following a speech by Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša outlining Ljubljana ‘s priorities for the next six months. Janša also called on the countries of the Western Balkans to join the EU in this generation, so that their citizens can support the necessary reforms.

“I am convinced that the summit with the Western Balkans in October will send an important message to everyone,” Von der Layen said, adding that “the accession process of Albania and North Macedonia is in our interest. “It is also a matter of trust, because the promise made to Europe must be fulfilled.”

Last week during the Prespa Forum, Slovenian President Borut Pahor announced he would travel to Sofia this week to help find a solution to Bulgaria’s veto. Slovenian Foreign Minister Anže Logar also announced that one of his first visits would be to Bulgaria in an effort to resolve the Sofia veto issue./ibna