Commissioner Várhelyi to present revised enlargement methodology on Wednesday
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Commissioner Várhelyi to present revised enlargement methodology on Wednesday

MEPs will be briefed first-hand on the methodology, which should make EU accession negotiations more effective and give the enlargement process a new push.

European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Oliver Várhelyi will present an amended enlargement methodology to Members of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) on Wednesday.
According to the current practice, the EU negotiates 35 “chapters” of the EU acquis with each candidate country, who are required to adapt their administrative and institutional infrastructures and to bring their national legislation into line with EU legislation, before they can join the Union.
The revised methodology comes amid disappointment over the Council’s failure to agree on opening accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania in October last year. Its purpose is to enhance the credibility and give new impetus to the enlargement process.Besides Albania and North Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey have already started accession negotiations, while Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo are potential candidate countries.

When: Wednesday, 5 February, 13.00-13.45 CET.
Where: European Parliament’s Spaak building in Brussels, room 3C050.
You can watch it live here.