The EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Oliver Varhelyi, is on his first visit to the Western Balkan region, since taking office by the end of 2019.
The purpose of this visit is to stress the Commission’s commitment to the EU accession perspective of the two countries.
Ahead of the visit, Commissioner Várhelyi said that he wants to send a strong signal that, for the Commission and for him personally the European Union perspective for this region is a priority.
“We stand by our proposal to open accession talks with both countries and we are working to make it happen very soon”, said Várhelyi, European Commission stated in a press release.
In Albania, Várhelyi will also visit the city of Durrës, which was heavily hit by the earthquake last November.
In Northern Macedonia, the Commissioner will meet President Pendarovski, Speaker Xhaferi, PM Spasovski, etc.