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EC recommended to start negotiations on accession to the EU of Albania and Macedonia

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) –┬áThe European Commission recommended to begin negotiations with Albania and Macedonia on the prospects for accession to the EU, the head of EU diplomacy, Federica Mogherini, said on Tuesday.

The European Commission was to decide before the summer to launch negotiations with Albania and Macedonia on their accession to the European Union.

“The EC recommended, and the council decided to open negotiations on accession with Albania and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia,” Magerini told reporters.

The official candidates for joining the European Union to date are Albania (from 2014), Macedonia (since 2005), Montenegro (since 2010), Serbia (since 2012) and Turkey (since 1999).

Earlier, negotiations to join the EU were launched with three of them: with Turkey (in 2005), with Montenegro (in 2012) and with Serbia (in 2014).

The European Commission in February unveiled a new strategy to expand the EU towards the countries of the Western Balkans. The documents submitted by the EC say that “for Serbia and Montenegro, who are negotiating for accession (in the strategy), the steps necessary to complete the accession process in 2025 are noted.”