The European Union’s General Affairs Council (GAC) is poised to approve conclusions on enlargement and the stabilization process in connection with the European Commission’s Enlargement Package. Sources from the European Council indicate that this includes decisions about scheduling the second intergovernmental conferences with Macedonia and Albania, expected to be confirmed after Tuesday’s meeting.

Aligning with President Charles Michel’s statement, the EU emphasizes its desire for Macedonia and Albania to advance jointly towards European integration. Specific dates for these conferences will follow the upcoming GAC meeting.

In its assessment of Macedonia’s progress, the European Commission highlighted the country’s commitment to its EU trajectory. The report noted alignment with EU foreign policy, advancements in justice, security, combatting organized crime, and migration management. However,Macedonia is urged to focus on implementing reforms, especially in judiciary, anti-corruption efforts, public administration, public finance management, and procurement.

The report highlighted Macedonia’s commitment to prioritize constitutional changes, including the inclusion of citizens of different ethnicities, such as Bulgarians, within its borders.

Additionally, the Enlargement Package proposed opening accession talks with Ukraine and Moldova, granting candidate member status to Georgia, and recommended launching accession talks with Bosnia and Herzegovina upon meeting necessary membership criteria.