Annual assessments of the reforms in Western Balkans and Turkey

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Annual assessments of the reforms in Western Balkans and Turkey


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The Commission adopted on 29 May its annual assessment of the implementation of reforms in the Western Balkan partners and Turkey, together with recommendations on the next steps.
It has been underlined that a firm and credible EU perspective for the Western Balkans remains essential to drive transformation and export stability. The Commission recommended that the Council now opens accession negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia, who showed significant reforms.
Regarding Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Commission considers that negotiations for accession should be opened once the necessary degree of compliance with the membership criteria is achieved. Turkey however, is said to have moved further away from the European Union, with serious backsliding in the areas of the rule of law and fundamental rights.
It is now for the Council to consider the recommendations of the Commission and take decisions on the steps ahead.

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