Commissioners assemble: Class of 2019-2024

Commissioners assemble: Class of 2019-2024

European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen has unveiled who will do what job in her administration, insisting hers will be a “geopolitical Commission”. Stay tuned here for all the details. UPDATE: The European Parliament voted with 461 MEPs in favour to give the Commission its seal of approval on 27 November. It will take office on 1 December. Only 23 out of 26 candidates were confirmed by the Parliament after two weeks of regular committee hearings. A second round saw the remaining three given the green light. The Council…

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Harnessing the potential of French offerings for the benefit of the Western Balkans

Harnessing the potential of French offerings for the benefit of the Western Balkans

In recent days, the discourse on the Western Balkans’ EU accession has been dominated by discussion of the (in)famous French non-paper, finally explaining the thinking behind the changes in the enlargement methodology announced earlier by President Macron. Milena Lazarevic explains how the French proposal might work. Milena Lazarevic is the programme director at European Policy Centre (CEP) Belgrade. Ever since France blocked the opening of accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania at October’s European Council meeting, criticising and even bashing French proposals has been a popular sport within the…

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