|Author (Corporate)||European Commission|
|Series Details||COM (2020) 660|
Communication published by the European Commission on 6 October 2020, taking stock of progress in the implementation of the EU's enlargement policy. It provides an overview to the 2020 Enlargement Package - a set of annual reports assessing the implementation of fundamental reforms in the Western Balkans and Turkey.
The Commission argues that credible progress in the rule of law area remains a significant challenge, which often correlated with a lack of political will. A slow pace in judicial culture continues throughout the Western Balkans region without sufficient commitment to the principle of judicial independence. The overall pace in the fight against corruption has slowed down and the track record in most partners is far from meeting the requirements for membership, whilst in the area of freedom of expression and media pluralism there has been the least progress over the past year.
For the first time, the Commission also assessed the overall balance in the accession negotiations with both Montenegro and Serbia and proposed the way ahead. The Commission confirmed further progress in the implementation of reforms in Albania and North Macedonia. When it comes to Turkey, the Commission argues that the country continued to move further away from the European Union with serious backsliding in the areas of democracy, rule of law, fundamental rights and the independence of the judiciary.
The individual annual reports can be found below:
This Communication was published alongside a Communication setting out an Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||EU Enlargement|
|Countries / Regions||Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|