Pahor: Don't Expand EU to Western Balkans While It's Weakened

By , 12 Sep 2018, 12:35 PM Politics
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September 12, 2018 - The European Union is weakened by Brexit and may need to postpone plans for enlargement to the Western Balkans, said Slovenia's President Borut Pahor. 

As transmitted by the British newspaper Express on his website, Pahor said that the EU cannot hope to accept countries such as Montenegro, Serbia and Albania as new members in its present state of affairs.

"The weakened EU will not be able to expand to the Western Balkans," Pahor said yesterday at the forum in Bled in the presence of the chief European negotiator for Brexit Michel Barnie. He said that everything is connected and that the EU is going through a difficult period in which decisions need to be made. As the newspaper states, the EU has offered the prospect of accession for six Western Balkan countries, which should meet strict criteria to be accepted as new members. The newspaper recalls that accession negotiations have already started with Serbia and Montenegro and that the year 2025 is mentioning as the date when they could become full members of the Union and that the EU hopes that Albania, Bosnia, Macedonia and Kosovo would, till then, be on a good road to accession to the Union.

Text by Beta, on September 12th, 2018, read more at Vijesti

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