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Euronews Albania secures the draft EU Council conclusions on Enlargement

In regards to Albania and North Macedonia, the document unveils that the first Intergovernmental Conference (IGC), which marks the official opening of negotiations, will be held in December for Albania with the conditions that it fulfils the two benchmarks outlined by the Council in March: reconstitute the Constitutional Court and appoint at least 6 members, and voting the media law according to the Venice Commission recommendations.

On the third paragraph of this document, which is still not confirmed and might be subject to changes, it is noted:

“The Council expects to have the first Intergovernmental Conference with North Macedonia and – if the criteria set out in the conclusions of the Council in March 2020 are fulfilled – and Albania, in December 2020”.

Meanwhile, it is worth mentioning that according to EU procedures, after the first IGC, the substantial opening of the first negotiating chapters will be enabled when Albania fulfils the rest of the other 15 benchmarks outlined by the Council in March, as well as other conditions regarding the action plan on the rule of law, public administration and depending on the decision of member state countries, in addition to the action plan in the field of public and fiscal procurements.about:blank

If the General Affairs Council (GAC) will reach a decision on November in terms of the negotiating framework, then the conclusions are expected to be approved during the same meeting and signed in the upcoming days via a writing procedure as the meeting will be held virtually.

On the contrary, the decision and conclusion will be postponed for the GAC meeting and Summit in due in December./

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