Bulgaria's veto, Borrell: Let's lift the veto in decision-making!
Josep Borrell, the European Union's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, believes that unanimous decision-making in the EU should be changed, as he says unique countries blocking important decision-making are seriously undermining the European Union's credibility.
This attitude of Mr. Borrell comes days after the European Council failed to get Bulgaria to lift its veto on northern Macedonia, which also penalized Albania. Borrell in an article published on the official website of the EU commission, says that after 2 and a half years of experience facing such situations, it is time to review the decision-making process.
do not have an incentive to invest in a healthy compromise. We have seen similar dynamics in the opening of accession negotiations with Northern Macedonia and Albania, with a country blocking what everyone else can agree on - again with negative consequences for the EU's credibility and influence.
It has been almost 20 years since the EU declared in Thessaloniki that "the future of the Western Balkans is within the EU", so a certain degree of impatience on their part, to say the least, is understandable. EU enlargement with those countries that are willing and able to meet the conditions is not a "favor" or a concession. "It is in our strategic interest," wrote Joseph Borrell.