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Estonia Feels It Is Essential to Start EU Accession Negotiations With Serbia and Macedonia

12.12.2012

No 452-E

At a meeting of the European Union foreign ministers in Brussels, Foreign Minister Urmas Paet said that Estonia supports starting European Union accession negotiations with Serbia and Macedonia*, since a clear accession perspective would help to ensure security and stability in the Western Balkans.

Paet stated that Estonia considers it important that European Union enlargement continues to follow the same principles, which prescribe that candidate countries can move forward in accordance with the progress they have made. “Every country must be judged according to its own progress. We must be objective towards each candidate country and resolve points of dispute as early as possible,” he stated.

“In the complicated environment of the Western Balkans, a trustworthy European perspective is important to the whole region and its people,” said the foreign minister.

Paet said that in the course of the EU accession dialogue with Macedonia, the country has made significant progress and Estonia supports deciding on a date to open negotiations with Macedonia. This would serve as recognition of Macedonia’s progress and show the trustworthiness of the European Union’s enlargement policy.

Paet added that a start date should also be set for accession negotiations with Serbia. “Kosovo must be given a clear perspective through negotiations for a Stabilisation and Association Agreement,” the Estonian foreign minister noted.

Estonia also supports giving candidate country status to Albania, if Albania fulfils the requirements set by the European Commission.

Regarding the current EU accession negotiations going on, Paet said that we are satisfied with the negotiations held with Iceland and Montenegro and that accession negotiations with Turkey should be revived.

*former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Additional information:
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