Denmark has stated it is not ready at EU’s June summit to support the proposal of the European Commission to start membership negotiations for Macedonia and Albania.
“No, I can say with certainty I will not support that initiative. We should be honest about that issue,” said Danish Prime Minister Lars Rasmussen after EU’s summit in Sofia.
According to him, the EU should not repeat the previous mistakes, citing the decision to start negotiations with Turkey as a grave error.
With this attitude, Denmark virtually joined France and the Netherlands, who also expressed serious pushback to future EU expansion.
To Denmark, it doesn’t matter whether Macedonia changes its name, it has nothing to do with Copenhagen decision to block future EU enlargement.
At the moment, the official candidates for EU membership are Albania, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro and Turkey, of which the last three have started the negotiations – Montenegro in 2012, Serbia two years later, Turkey in 2005, but in 2016 were suspended.