USA-EU: The integration of Tirana and Skopje in the EU, critical for the future of the continent
The United States and the European Union said Saturday that Albania and North Macedonia’s progress toward European Union membership is critical at this pivotal moment for the continent and expressed support for a compromise proposal that takes into account the interests of Skopje and Sofia.
The American Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, and the head of the EU’s foreign policy, Josep Borrell, expressed this position in a joint statement supporting the opening of negotiations for North Macedonia’s membership.
“At this critical moment in European history, in the conditions of Russia’s unjustified aggression against Ukraine, the progress towards the membership of Albania and North Macedonia in the EU is the key to strengthening the unity and stability of the entire European continent. Guided by shared EU values and standards, both countries are ready to take the next step towards EU membership“, the statement says.
Mr. Blinken and Mr. Borrell said they support a compromise proposal that “takes into account the interests and concerns of North Macedonia and Bulgaria based on mutual respect, trust and understanding”.
“The sovereign decision of the Parliament of North Macedonia will be important to move forward. This spirit of constructive compromise on which European integration is built must continue to inspire all those involved in this historic process.“, the statement continues.
“The European Union and the United States are committed to closer cooperation in the Western Balkans. Ensuring stability and prosperity and realizing their European and Euro-Atlantic future remains our common goal”, concludes the statement. /VOA/