Q: Are you in favor of formally opening EU accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania as quickly as possible?
A: The European Council unanimously decided to open EU accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania in March 2020. It also facilitated the adoption of the new methodology for adhesion negotiations, which makes the process more predictable, more credible and more dynamic. This process is subject to specific political guidelines based on objective criteria, strict positive and negative conditions, and the principle of reversibility. Under these conditions, opening negotiations with those two countries requires holding an intergovernmental conference with the two candidate countries.