The Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of Slovenia and the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Tanja Fajon, said that this year is extremely important for enlargement and that she expects encouraging reports at the European Union (EU) summit in December.
In an interview with the Macedonian agency MIA, when asked what she expected from the December EU summit regarding the Western Balkans, she answered that she expects encouraging reports towards the end of the year.
"I want to see the beginning of accession negotiations with Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), we expect accession negotiations with Ukraine, Moldova, and then with Georgia, and in this context it is crucial that North Macedonia and Albania open and start concrete negotiations with a new intergovernmental conference," said Fajon. .
She pointed out that expansion has become a geostrategic necessity, reports Radio Free Europe.
"If we look at what is happening around us, the Russian aggression in Ukraine, the conflict in the Middle East, the EU must be strong, it must be united, we have a clear obligation for the states to prepare for enlargement by 2030," said Fajon.
Fajon said that she and Slovenia strive for the countries of the Western Balkans to be ready and able to enter the EU.
At the beginning of November, it was announced that the European Commission recommends the opening of accession negotiations between BiH and the EU when the necessary level of compliance with the criteria for membership is achieved.
The Commission will report to the Council of the EU by March next year on any progress, the official document says.