The EU Enlargement Commissioner, Johannes Hahn, declared that the Serbian President had told him that he wasn’t clear why should they motivated to continue the dialogue with Prishtina, after the EU refused to open the EU accession negotiations with Albania and Northern Macedonia.
Hahn gave this interview for the Financial Times, which specifies that this decision was a hard hit against the EU, which had been trying for the past 10 years to intermediate the talks between Prishtina and Belgrade.
The newspaper says that the dialogue is being blocked in a time when they are trying to make the EU a stronger global player, in order to thwart further influences from Russia and China.
Hahn said that the most surprising thing for him was the fact that the EU was no longer holding to the responsibility principles, and warned that if the EU doesn’t recognize the progress of these countries, there will be no more incentives for reforms.
Hahn said that he is proud of the progress made during his mandate, especially as regards improving the relations between Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Northern Macedonia and Serbia, countries that are still trying hard to overcome the consequences of the early 90s conflicts.