The Luxembourg summit, which also discusses EU negotiations opening for North Macedonia and Albania has started this morning. However, it seems that so far, there have only been debates and no decision taken. The odds are in favor of the postponement of the decision on a second date, perhaps scheduled for October, as has been rumored by German officials, motivated also by the fact that the Dutch do not seem to want to rush.European diplomacy chief Federica Mogherini called for a positive decision for the two countries, as an appreciation for the reforms undertaken. Nevertheless, everything remains in the hands of the member states. German State Minister for Europe, Michael Roth said before the meeting: “A year ago, we gave homework to the two countries, and they completed all of them. In addition, North Macedonia has managed to resolve a 30-year conflict with the Prespa Agreement. And this is unprecedented and should be rewarded,” he said. Roth added that due to time concerns, Germany will be able to make a decision in September or October.
While Austrian Minister for Europe Alexander Schalenberg said, “It would be a very bad signal if we would turn our backs on these two countries. It does not matter the date of the opening of the negotiations, it is important that this happens as soon as possible, and it is necessary to reach a preliminary decision today. ”
Austrian Minister’s comments were also supported by the statement of Italian Foreign Minister Enzo Moavera, who said that a preliminary decision will be made on the basis of what has been achieved so far and Bundestag’ s decision will be expected after the end of the summer.
George Ciamba, Romanian Minister for Europe, who are also organizers of the meeting since Romania holds the rotating presidency in the EU, explained that the statement on progress reports would be: “Engaged, constructive and will contain the balance and strategic importance of the Western Balkans for Europe. ” Referring to Deutsche Welle / Tiranapost.al.