EU approves new membership talks
BRUSSELS — European Union leaders gave Albania and North Macedonia the green light Thursday to begin EU membership talks, ending a long series of setbacks and disappointments for the two Balkans nations’ quest to join.
No date was set for the start of the membership negotiations, which can take several years.
Albania and North Macedonia were meant to begin accession talks last year, but French President Emmanuel Macron blocked the move and said he would continue to do so until the process for allowing countries into the 27-nation bloc had been reformed. The European Commission later revised the accession process.