Hahn: North Macedonia and Albania deserve to open EU negotiations

Фото: Б. Грданоски
North Macedonia and Albania deserve to open EU membership negotiations, outgoing EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn said in an interview with the Montenegrin daily Vijesti.

Hahn said North Macedonia has made significant progress, and the most important is the signing of the Prespa Agreement and the resolution of the dispute with Greece.

“The Prespa Agreement that ended the decades-long name dispute is something that should be included in history books. When I took office, the state was in the midst of a political crisis, which required years and numerous trips to Skopje for its resolution. We started with the statement that there would be no EU enlargement, and now five years later we are leaving a real and vibrant European path to the Western Balkans,” Hahn said.

The EU will continue to advocate for the European integration of this region, not because of an individual who is in charge of this sector, but because it is a matter of pure EU self-interest, said Hahn.