European Commision has recommened the start of accession talks with more candidate countries and the topic of EU's enlargement is once more high on the priority list. In what time horizon will these countries be able to become full members? And will it be even possible to bring new states to the table before full-scale reforms that could change the EU we know today? The director of our Brussels office Žiga Faktor has commented on the issue in an interview with RTVS.
"It was expected that the recommendations for Ukraine and Moldavia will be positive. Maybe a bit of surprise is the possible opening of the accession talks with Bosnia and Herzegovina, but it's conditioned with some reforms. What is a not so surprising trend, but one I find important to mention here, is the question of conditionality, which was until now, or at least in a last few years, very strictly evaluated by not only the European Commission but also the member states."
You can listen to the full interview here.#Enlargement #Reform
Expertise: European integration of Western Balkans, EU enlargement, Slovenian Politics and EU-Turkey relations