Southeastern Europe

Greece warns of ‘stability vacuum’ in W. Balkans, supports EU accession

Greece cannot allow a "stability vacuum" in the Western Balkans that could "easily be filled by other non-European forces supporting extremism and revisionism or aspiring to revive empires that belong to the past" and continues to support their accession to the European Union, Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias said on Thursday, following a meeting in Athens with his North Macedonia counterpa

Dendias to meet North Macedonia counterpart

Greek Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias will meet with his North Macedonia counterpart Bujar Osmani in Athens on Thursday.

Talks are expected to focus on the western Balkan country's EU accession prospects, while strategies for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic will also be discussed, a statement from the Greek ministry said.

Edi Rama strongly criticizes EU: You left us waiting

He sharply criticized the delay in supplying the countries of the Western Balkans with the vaccine.
According to the Albanian media, quoted by Dnevni Avaz, Rama criticized the EU because the Union left the countries of the Western Balkans waiting for vaccine stocks until the member states first provide sufficient doses for their population.

EU prospects: Green light for Western Balkans, red for North Macedonia and Albania?

The annual conclusions of the EU Council on Enlargement, Stabilization and Association of the Western Balkans are on the agenda of the ambassadors of the member states who will discuss this issue in the afternoon.
The conclusions were previously blocked by Bulgaria, which primarily vetoed the negotiating framework for North Macedonia.

EU warns Bulgaria against obstructing North Macedonia

The European Union on Tuesday warned Bulgaria that it risks undermining security in the Balkans and elsewhere in Europe if it continues to block EU membership talks for North Macedonia.

EU leaders gave Albania and North Macedonia the green light in March to begin accession negotiations but no date was set for the talks to start.