“The European Union should open membership negotiations with Macedonia and Albania as long as the countries maintain progress on reforms to rule of law and the fight against corruption and organized crime, the European Commission announced on Tuesday.

We need to see the reforms, especially in the rule of law, be implemented more vigorously and produce sustainable results,’ said Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn in a statement.

‘These reforms are not ‘for Brussels’ – effective judiciary, effective fight against corruption and organised crime, efficient public administration, stronger economy – all this will directly benefit the region and its citizens, and Europe as a whole.’” (OCCRP)