Olivér Várhelyi explains the process for the Western Balkans
EU commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement#eudebates #Balkans
announced new proposals on enlargement by the Commission in early 2020.
Olivér Várhelyi is a Hungarian lawyer and diplomat, and European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations from Hungary in the von der Leyen Commission after the rejection of László Trócsányi by the European Parliament.
Concluding Belgrade-Pristina dialogue by the end of 2020 and releasing new proposals to build upon 2018 Enlargement Strategy are some of the priorities laid out by the new European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi at today’s high-level roundtable on enlargement gathering MEPs and MPs from the Western Balkans in the European Parliament.
“We need to sustain and accelerate the reform process in the candidate countries. The best indicator should be economic prosperity, quality of life and freedom of the people in the Western Balkans”, stated Várhelyi in one of his first engagements as the member of the European Commission.
He said that the Commission will present new proposals to build upon the 2018 Credible Enlargement Strategy. This is aimed to be a reaction to the concerns of the Member States.
“We will continue to put emphasis on the rule of law, economic reform and public administration reform”, said Várhelyi, adding that the stronger political commitment in the region is needed, not for the sake of the Union but for the sake of the Western Balkan citizens.