Austrian Foreign Minister Schallenberg and Slovenian Foreign Minister Anze Logar, whose country takes over the EU presidency on July 1st, again urged their counterparts to make a positive decision on June 22nd on Tirana and Skopje. At a conference in Vienna, Schallenberg said the conditions had been met and decision-making was now in the hands of the EU.
“We want to give the green light to Albania and Northern Macedonia to open negotiations. We present to you the conditions of vThe issues that have been met are up to us in Brussels to decide positively. We are facing difficult discussions but Albania and Northern Macedonia are te ready to open negotiations with the EU so now there is no reason for delays te mefurther ”, –said the Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg
Slovenian Foreign Minister Anže Logar underlined that Northern Macedonia and Albania are ready to open negotiations in June and there is no reason for delays or division of decision-making between them.
“Our presidency will have enlargement with the Western Balkans at the top of its agenda. We think that Albania and Northern Macedonia have fulfilled their obligations for negotiations, so it is up to the EU to keep its word. The time is now because the Western Balkans have occupied an important place in the new EU agenda. This moment should be used to promote new ideas, to be very active in this region. “We need to present a credible enlargement perspective that means reform efforts to strengthen the rule of law.” said Slovenian Foreign Minister Anže Logar.
Meanwhile, the new Dutch Minister Sigrid Kaag stated that her country agrees that the first intergovernmental conferences with Albania and Northern Macedonia can be held as soon as a consensus is reached in Brussels on June 22 for a framework of talks with both countries. This agreement within the EU comes immediately after President BIDEN’s request that EU leaders finally decide in favor of Tirana and Skopje.