EU tightens accession process for Balkan countries

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(VOVWORLD) - The European Commission (EC) on Wednesday proposed a tighter accession process for countries looking to join the EU, in a concession to France which could dash membership hopes for Albania and North Macedonia.

Serbia and Montenegro, which have already begun accession negotiations, will be allowed to continue as before. However, their southern neighbors could be forced to revisit certain issues thought to have been settled. The proposal could pause or suspend negotiations in certain areas, and also reopen closed negotiations.