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Accession talks with #Albania and #NorthMacedonia sharpens focus on EU solidarity

Accession talks with #Albania and #NorthMacedonia sharpens focus on EU solidarity

| May 2, 2020

Whilst public policy news continues to be dominated by the social and economic effects of the Chinese Covid 19 virus – the Council has found time to make great progress  in respect of the enlargement of the EU to embrace the countries of Albania and North Macedonia – writes Dr. Vladimir Krulj EU Member states agreed […]

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Majority of people in non-eurozone member states say #Euro is good for economy

Majority of people in non-eurozone member states say #Euro is good for economy

| June 11, 2019

A majority of respondents in the EU member states that have yet to adopt the euro thinks that the common currency has had a positive impact on those countries that already use it, the latest Flash Eurobarometer shows. In total, 56% of respondents across the seven member states (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Romania and […]

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Parliament wants to suspend EU accession negotiations with #Turkey

Parliament wants to suspend EU accession negotiations with #Turkey

| March 18, 2019

Following years of severe political and democratic backsliding, the European Parliament has recommended suspending EU accession negotiations with Turkey. The European Parliament remains seriously concerned about Turkey’s poor track record in upholding human rights, the rule of law, media freedom and the fight against corruption, as well as its all-powerful presidential system. In a resolution […]

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EU signals opening of  accession talks with #Albania likely to start by the summer

EU signals opening of accession talks with #Albania likely to start by the summer

| March 20, 2018

EU Foreign Affairs Chief Federica Mogherini has signalled that accession talks with Albania could start as soon as this summer, writes Martin Banks. Speaking in the European Parliament in Brussels on Tuesday (20 March), the Italian official said she expects European commission to give an “unconditional recommendation” for accession negotiations to start in the next […]

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#Serbia on EU path seeks to improve ties with Moscow

| March 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Serbia is committed to European Union membership but it will work hard to improve relations with its traditional ally Russia, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić told Reuters ahead of a presidential election on Sunday (2 April). The poll will test the popularity of Vučić, a frontrunner in the race, as well as his center-right Serbian Progressive […]

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MEP accuses #Albanian opposition party of block EU accession

MEP accuses #Albanian opposition party of block EU accession

| March 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

A senior Member of the European Parliament has accused Albania’s main opposition party of effectively blocking reforms widely seen as being vital in keeping the country’s EU accession ambitions alive, writes Martin Banks. Slovakian centre-right member Eduard Kukan was highly critical of the current position of Albania’s Democratic Party (DP) which, he warned, threatens to […]

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MEPs welcome 2016 reform efforts in #Montenegro

MEPs welcome 2016 reform efforts in #Montenegro

Montenegro made further progress in its EU accession negotiations last year, topping the list of the most advanced EU accession countries, but corruption and organised crime remain a serious concern, said MEPs on Thursday (16 March). MEPs also highlight Russia’s attempts to influence developments in Montenegro, as it pursues Euro-Atlantic integration.  “Montenegro, as ever, remains […]

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