19:44 / 22.06.2021.

Author: Nikola Badovinac

Croatia advocates for EU enlargement into the Western Balkans

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Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman attended a General Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg on Tuesday to discuss preparations for a summit in Brussels later this week on migration, EU enlargement into the Western Balkans, and the stabilisation and association process. 

Croatia continues to advocate for talks on the candidate status for Bosnia and Herzegovina to be launched as soon as possible, and for the election law in that country to be changed to ensure the equality of all three constituent peoples.

"Given that Bosnia and Herzegovina is our neighboring country with which we actually share the longest border, it is imperative for the election law to be changed in order to ensure the equality of the three constituent peoples: Bosniaks, Croats, and Serbs. These necessary changes are the only guarantor of a stable, institutionally functional and prosperous Bosnia and Herzegovina," said the minister.

Meanwhile, North Macedonia and Albania have met all the criteria to open EU accession negotiations as soon as possible and Kosovo deserves visa liberalisation, Minister Grlić Radman said upon arriving in Luxembourg for a General Affairs Council meeting.

Agreement still has not been reached to open negotiations with North Macedonia due to objections by Bulgaria and no progress is expected before elections in Bulgaria scheduled for next month.

There are no blockades regarding Albania, however some countries do not wish to separate the issue of opening negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia.

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