Q: On Tuesday, the EU started membership negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania, according to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. What is France’s reaction?
A: France welcomes the holding of intergovernmental meetings in Brussels today with North Macedonia and Albania. Laurence Boone, Minister of State for Europe, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will be a participant.
These meetings begin a historic phase in the EU membership process for North Macedonia and Albania. France supports an enhanced EU commitment in the western Balkans. We are committed to the region’s European prospects and will remain mobilized in the coming months and years to support the necessary reforms.