|Author (Corporate)||European Commission: DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations|
|Series Details||COM (2020) 57|
Communication published by the European Commission on 6 February 2020, which reviews the European Union's accession methodology to prepare for a future EU enlargement to the Western Balkans region.
The European Union has long supported the aspirations of the Western Balkans regions in joining the Union - this was already made explicit by the European Council in 2000 and 2003. The general commitment to enlargement was also reaffirmed by the European Council in 2006, and again by the Council of the European Union in June 2019. However, there was a parallel understanding within the Council that it would be useful to assess the effectiveness of the accession negotiation process ahead of a new enlargement.
This Communication sets out the European Commission’s vision for strengthening the whole accession process. The overall aim is to enhance credibility and trust on both sides and yield better results on the ground. The proposed changes can be accommodated within existing negotiating frameworks, ensuring a level playing field in the region (which means that ongoing accession frameworks would not be amended).
This review of the accession process was triggered as a result of the opposition by some Member States to launching EU accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia in 2019.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Subject Tags||EU Enlargement|
|International Organisations||European Union [EU]|