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The Balkan countries hope, that with the war in Ukraine, Brussels will want to accelerate the adhesion processPartnership - The Balkan countries hope, that with the war in Ukraine, Brussels will want to accelerate the adhesion process
Brussels Go travel this Tuesday in Tirana. The twenty-seven of thewill meet at the top in Albania with the leaders of six countries of the Western Balkans in order to invigorate a partnership deemed even more essential in the context of the .
The enlargement policy has returned to the top of the agenda in recent months, the European Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi, calling on the EU to "keep this momentum" said on Friday. The Balkan countries, stuck in the anteroom of the EU for years, have often expressed their frustration in the face of a long and demanding integration process, recently still seeing the block quickly grant the status of candidate for Ukraine and at the.
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War in Ukraine also stressed the importance for Europeans to stabilize this fragile region of south-eastern Europe, to counter the influence of theas well as that of , which has invested in the infrastructure of these countries.
In July, the EU ultimately opened membership negotiations with theand the (candidates respectively since 2005 and 2014). These talks have also been underway for several years with the and the . In October, the Commission recommended to grant the status of candidate for the , a decision that will return to the European Council on December 15-16.
for theOn the other hand, there are many obstacles to a candidacy. This mainly Albanian former Serbian province proclaimed its independence in 2008 that Belgrade does not recognize. Five EU countries do not recognize it either (Spain, Greece, Cyprus, Romania, Slovakia).
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* Hungary Veto against Ukraine aids A * Albania and Kosovo are victims of veto rights * majority decisions are a prerequisite for EU enlargement -by Andreas Rinke Tirana, Dec 6 (Reuters)-The EU West Balkan summit ended on Tuesday with demonstrative swarms of similarities. But he also showed that the six membership countries have no chance of joining the EU if the EU did not reform itself beforehand. Because Hungary blocked the payment of an EU loan of 18 billion euros to Ukraine on Tuesday.
The question of the fight against irregular immigration
The summit will also focus on concrete questions of cooperation. The EU, which remains by far the first trading partner of the Western Balkans, will confirm a pack of one billion euros in subsidies, which should make it possible to attract public and private investments, and to mobilize in total at least 2 , 5 billion euros. An agreement must also be signed with telecom operators in the region, to reduce roaming costs (Roaming) between the EU and the six Balkan countries in 2023, with a view to gradually eliminating them by 2027.
Security cooperation, and in particular cybersecurity, must also be reinforced. Another priority is the fight against irregular immigration: the Balkan route is the main migratory route to the EU. The number of arrivals by this path over the first ten months of the year increased by almost 170% compared to the year before, which prompted the committee to present an action plan on Monday, offering In particular the deployment of the Frontex agency in these countries.Mondeguerre in Ukraine: kyiv undergoes a new salvo of Russian strikes, Putin went to Crimemondeguerre in Ukraine: a volunteer French, injured in a fight, tells
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