EU enlargement: Bulgaria must stop blocking North Macedonia’s accession bid

The Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament strongly supports North Macedonia’s European path and expresses its concerns about the Bulgarian government’s objections over Skopje's accession bid. The EU accession process shouldn’t be used by Member States as leverage to obtain concessions from its neighbours or to push for a populist and nationalist agenda for domestic political reasons.

Ahead of tomorrow’s video conference of European affairs ministers, who will discuss the  state of play of the accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania, the President of Renew Europe Group, Dacian Cioloș (USR PLUS, Romania), said:

“It is high time for the accession negotiations talks between the European Union and North Macedonia to start. The citizens of North Macedonia have waited long enough. On behalf of the Renew Europe Group, I urge the Council to adopt as soon as possible the negotiating frameworks and in particular Bulgaria to stop blocking and delaying the start of accession talks. In the midst of a pandemic, it is more important than ever for North Macedonia to speed up the reform process that will lead to a so much needed social and economic development.”