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Western Balkans efforts must lead to EU accession, says Scholz

Supreme Desk
23 Jun 2022 11:27 AM GMT
Western Balkans efforts must lead to EU accession, says Scholz
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He said that Germany would feel responsible for making sure that western Balkan countries had the opportunity to actually successfully implement their European prospects.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said the many efforts that have been made by the Western Balkan states must lead to accession.

This will be ahead of a meeting of EU leaders with their Western Balkan counterparts in Brussels.

"For almost 20 years, the countries and the citizens of the Western Balkans have been waiting for the opportunity to become members of the EU,'' Scholz said.

Scholz said that North Macedonia had even changed its name in the hope of becoming a member of the EU.

He said that Germany would feel responsible for making sure that western Balkan countries had the opportunity to actually successfully implement their European prospects.

Scholz said that it was of utmost importance that this became a credible promise amid growing frustration among the region's leaders.

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