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Do Balkan countries like Macron's idea of ​​a two-tier Europe?

Do Balkan countries like Macron's idea of ??a two-tier Europe?

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, has unveiled the idea of ??one of the most radical reforms in the structure of the European Union in decades - the idea of ??second-tier countries outside the union, with which it shares values ??and geographical space.

He also recommended the inclusion of Britain, as well as other countries that have been affected or felt threatened by Russian occupation: Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova.

What about the countries of the Western Balkans? How did Macron's words sound to a region that has experienced protracted delays on its path to EU membership?

In Albania, where the application was made in 2009, the idea of ??a two-tier Europe was received with realistic doses and surrender, after the application to join the EU has stalled as a result of the joint journey with Northern Macedonia. The latter's request has been blocked several times by member states, most recently Bulgaria.

"He [President Macron] was right five years ago, when he talked about another path to integration, but few things have changed since then," the office of the Prime Minister of Albania told Euronews Albania.

"However, it is time to think and move forward towards a new community of European democracies, but, having said that, I am not so optimistic that something fundamentally different will happen than what revolves around the same ordinary gravity."

The chairwoman of the Parliamentary Committee on European Integration, Jorida Tabaku, has seen Macron's comments as a sign that the European Council - which is made up of the heads of government or member states and guides the general orientation of the union - will decide against the opening of membership negotiations with Albania and Northern Macedonia, at the next meeting to be held this June.

Tabaku, while stressing the importance of EU integration as a means of ensuring regional stability and prosperity, is of the opinion that the war in Ukraine placed a 'different emphasis on the Western Balkans', which highlights how 'simple it is to upset the balance'. very important'.

According to her, this is why the Western Balkans is returning to the limelight.

Maqedonia e Veriut, e cila aplikoi për anëtarësim në 2004, ka një qëndrim disi më pozitiv. Sipas një zëdhënësi të qeverisë, ideja e Macronit paraqet ‘një mundësi të shkëlqyer për të bërë bashkë shtetet që dështuan, apo nuk kishin dëshirë t’i bashkoheshin unionit, marrë shkas nga situata e re gjeopolitike’.

Presidenti i Serbisë Aleksandër Vuçiç u tregua më i kujdesshëm. Ai tha se nuk ka biseduar me Macron prej më shumë se një muaji dhe se nuk do të ndërhynte në procese vendimmarrjeje brenda Bashkimit Europian.

“Unë do të doja të dëgjoja planin e tij përfundimtar, në mënyrë që të jap një deklaratë”, tha Vuçiç për mediat në Serbi.

Serbia i ka nisur bisedimet me Brukselin, por ka pak të ngjarë për një përparim të prekshëm drejt anëtarësimit, deri në momentin e zgjidhjes së mosmarrëveshjes me Kosovën.

Officials in Kosovo, the country that currently has potential candidate status, have not yet commented on Macron's idea.

Bosnia and Herzegovina has the same status as Kosovo. The country applied to join the EU in 2016, but according to an informative note from the European Parliament, 'internal political instabilities and lack of political reforms have diminished the country's prospect of joining the EU.'

Montenegro applied for EU membership in 2008, and negotiations opened four years later./Euronews