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Michel underlines the “political will to revitalize” the enlargement process with the Balkans

Michel underlines the "political will to revitalize" the enlargement process with the Balkans

Describes candidate status for Ukraine as an EU “geopolitical choice”

BRUSSELS, June 23 (EUROPA PRESS) –

The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, has assured that this Thursday’s meeting with the leaders of the Western Balkans is “an important moment” for the European Union, because the bloc “really” has “the political will to revitalize” the process with the region, in a gesture of rapprochement after the discomfort in the region due to the acceleration of the process with Ukraine.

“It is an important moment because there really is political will to revitalize the process, it is a clear and strong message (from the EU),” Michel defended in a statement without questions upon arrival at the informal summit with the Balkan leaders.

Regarding the Bulgarian veto at the start of the accession negotiations with North Macedonia, Michel said that the partners are following the situation “very closely”, with particular involvement of France and the solution proposal that it has put on the table, that he has hoped that negotiations with this country and with Albania can “begin as soon as possible”.

Unblocking this process is an “absolute priority” for the Twenty-seven, continued Michel, to emphasize that the bloc will do “everything possible” to achieve a positive result.

UKRAINE, GEOPOLITICAL DECISION

The President of the European Council has also referred to the expected granting of the status of a candidate to enter the EU for Ukraine, a decision that the Heads of State and Government of the EU plan to adopt formally at the end of this Thursday in a summit already only Twenty-seven.


“This is a decisive moment, a geopolitical choice that is going to compromise the future of the European Union, our stability and prosperity”, the former Belgian Prime Minister proclaimed, regarding a decision that means for the bloc to grant for the first time in its history the candidate status to a country at war.

The Twenty-seven also plan to grant candidate status to Moldova and leave the decision on Georgia for later, a country whose European perspective they recognize but ask for more far-reaching reforms before taking the next step.

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