This is a sobering moment for Europe and a time when EU enlargement in the Western Balkans should be completed, said EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borelj after meeting with North Macedonian Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski.
Borelj said that EU accession negotiations with Skopje and Tirana should formally begin as soon as possible.
“I know you have certain expectations and rightly so. I hope this may be decided at the next intergovernmental conference”, said Borelj, pointing out that North Macedonia and the entire region are a strategic priority for the EU.
In Tirana today.
Albania is fully aligned to EU foreign and security policy and with the Russia invasion of Ukraine, re-confirmed its commitment to international law and security.
As Albania met all the conditions, we want to see the first IGC as soon as possible. pic.twitter.com/jV2svqbrpe
— Josep Borrell Fontelles (@JosepBorrellF) March 15, 2022
Borelj welcomed the new shift in relations between North Macedonia and Bulgaria and called on both sides to work together to reach mutually acceptable solutions to open bilateral issues.