Video conference of ministers for European affairs, 24 March 2020

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EU Ministers for European Affairs held a video conference on 24 March 2020.

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Ministers exchanged views on the enlargement and the stabilisation and association process, focusing on Albania and North Macedonia. There was an agreement to the opening of accession negotiations with both countries, following the recommendation stated by the European Commission in its assessments. A written procedure was launched as a result for the formal adoption of Council conclusions,

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Council of the European Union: Press Release, 25/03/2020: Council conclusions on enlargement and stabilisation and association process - Albania and the Republic of North Macedonia

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