“In resolutions adopted on Tuesday, Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs mark the progress made in five Western Balkan countries on their path towards possible EU accession.

Key Points:

  • Visa liberalisation is vital for Kosovo
  • Skopje encouraged to honour Prespa name agreement with Greece
  • Serbia must increase alignment with EU’s foreign and security policy, also on Russia

Serbia

In a report adopted by 49 votes to 3 with 6 abstentions, MEPs welcome Serbia’s continued engagement on the path of integration into the EU and call for this strategic decision to be actively promoted among the Serbian public. They also highlight Serbia’s efforts to normalise ties with neighbouring Kosovo and support the dialogue facilitated by the EU as the framework to reach a comprehensive normalisation agreement.

Kosovo

MEPs welcome the legislation passed within the European Reform Agenda , but express concern at the lack of cross-party consensus and lingering political polarisation in Kosovo, which continues to adversely affect the path to sustainable reform.

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

MEPs praise the country’s strong commitment to fully implementing the 2015 Pržino Agreement and the Urgent Reform priorities, which has led to intensified efforts on EU reform.

Albania

In a resolution adopted by 44 votes to 5, with 5 abstentions, MEPs welcome Albania’s steady progress on EU-related reforms and the further steps taken to boost the independence and professionalism of the country’s judiciary.

Montenegro

While Montenegro is making good progress overall in the EU integration process, MEPs call on the country’s political leadership to prioritise tackling problems with the rule of law, media freedom, corruption, money laundering, organised crime and its associated violence.” (Full Press Release at European Parliament)