Austria pushes to speed up EU accession for Western Balkans, especially Bosnia

Austria insists on speeding up the EU accession process for Western Balkan states, particularly Bosnia-Herzegovina, to ensure the region’s stability and protection from foreign influence as Brussels focuses on Ukraine’s EU bid, according to Euractiv.

While the European Commission recommended opening accession negotiations with Ukraine and Republic of Moldova in November, it only recommended this for Bosnia and Herzegovina on the condition that the country first meets the required degree of compliance. However, Austria is pushing to speed up accession talks with the Western Balkan countries and open accession negotiations with Bosnia as soon as possible.

“Accelerating the accession negotiations with the Western Balkan states is a clear priority for me before we talk about other possible accessions,” Austrian Defence Minister Klaudia Tanner said in a statement during a visit to Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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