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Is the revised enlargement methodology delivering?

Foreign and security policy


Is the revised enlargement methodology delivering?

An independent assessment 1,5 years on


Two years ago, France (backed up by the Netherlands and Denmark) vetoed the opening of EU membership negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia, arguing that accession procedures needed to be changed. In response, the European Commission revised its enlargement methodology in spring 2020. Endorsed by the member states, progress for both candidate countries remained nevertheless blocked by Bulgaria over historical language claims vis-à-vis North Macedonia. This seminar asks in what aspects the revised methodology can nevertheless help to advance the enlargement process. Does the new methodology present a fundamental change from previous procedures? Does it differentiate between countries that are already negotiating their membership in the EU and those still in the waiting room? Have member states been instrumental in implementing the revised methodology? If so, in which ways? And what else can be done to get the EU enlargement process back on track?

This event is co-organised by CEPS, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy and Think Visegrad platform.



Steven Blockmans Steven Blockmans
Steven Blockmans

Director of Research

Speakers list
Thomas Hagleitner

Head of Unit for Western Balkans Policy and Regional, DG NEAR, European Commission

Dragan Tilev

State Counselor, Secretariat for European Affairs, Government of the Republic of North Macedonia

Tomáš Strážay

Director, Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association

Marta Szpala

Senior Fellow, Centre for Eastern Studies

Jana Juzová (Moderator)

Research Fellow, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy