The EU leaders said “no” to opening the EU accession negotiations with Albania and Northern Macedonia, creating huge disappointment in these countries.
The EU Commission, the European Parliament and the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said that both countries have fulfilled their conditions for the talks, but there was no unanimity in the summit.
The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, was firm in his refusal for both Albania and Macedonia, with the Netherlands and Denmark supporting his decision, but promising to vote “yes” if France voted “yes”.
The Italian Prime Minister said that this would be a historical mistake by the EU, but he will propose that the accession talks should be discussed once again in November.
According to him, the French veto will make way for other factors to increase their influence in the Balkans.
The Belgian Prime Minister, Charles Michel, also promised that he will not forget the issue and that it will be discussed once again.