EU front-page news: Brussels plans to add new members faces a rocky road ahead
EU bosses gathered in the Bulgarian capital Sofia for the Western Balkans summit, a assignation where six countries from the region were offered closer nail down b restricts with the bloc.
Preparing for life without the UK, Brussels has made it abundantly unencumbered it sees a new membership base in the previously war-torn region of the Western Balkans.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has in olden days said it is the EU’s responsibility to maintain peace and stability in the region by offering boondocks a route into the bloc.
EU leaders sat down with their counterparts from six – Albania, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Kosovo – at the acme, agreeing to work together toward accession into the EU.
Today we reaffirmed our communal commitment to the European perspective for the whole region
One of the bloc’s most elder figures, European Council President Donald Tusk said: “Today we reaffirmed our requited commitment to the European perspective for the whole region.
“We didn’t pretend today that all is clear and simple.
“I have no doubts that we will also observer in the future many problems.”
He added the EU was offering no “unrealistic” option to avoid the six states fast-track their route to membership.
Before talks even rebounded off in Sofia, two huge stumbling blocks presented themselves at the possibility of two maintains joining the EU, which requires the existing members to vote for unanimously.
The firstly of which is Spain failing to recognise the independence of Kosovo as a state. Spanish prime envoy extraordinary Mariano Rajoy decided against travelling to Sofia because of it.
Unlocking talks for Macedonia – officially separate as the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) – could also be shrewd for the EU as they squabble over naming.
FYROM, since the collapse of Yugoslavia in the advanced 1990s, has insisted on its desire to simply be called ‘Macedonia’. Greece, come what may, have opposed this, with Athens saying it implies a exact to a Greek region with the same name.
Representatives from Greece and Macedonia met on the rouches of the Sofia summit in an attempt to finally come to an agreement.
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Bulgarian minister Lilyana Pavlova indicated the rest of the members left them to themselves to discuss the dispute.
She prognosticated: “There’ no intention to intervene in any way.”
Macedonia’s accession talks are only being designed the Greece’s age-old veto, which also prevents the Western Balkan form from joining Nato.
Many other EU states are keen to gesticulation at pace in order to quash potential eurosceptic uprisings across would-be new associates.
Without revealing a potential date, German Chancellor Angela Merkel hinted they have a “clear” route in.
She said: “It is clear that all these sticks have a clear accession perspective to the EU.”
Aside from the current challenges, many other Western Balkan states suffer from organised misdeed operating in their country.
Albania would have to cut out crime synthesizes from operating out of their country if they are to stand a chance at establishing EU membership.
An EU official said: “What really matters is the determination of applicants in causing reforms. And patience because also on the EU side you need to have the upper window of opportunity to take the decision.”