BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The European Union presidency says it will back Macedonia to open accession talks after it reached a deal to change its name.
Romanian European Affairs Minister George Ciamba said Monday he wanted negotiations to start for Macedonia in June at a meeting of EU ministers.
Romania, which currently holds the bloc’s rotating presidency, also supports Albania opening accession talks.
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Ciamba said Romania wanted EU’s enlargement process to continue, based on merits and reforms carried out by would-be members.
Macedonia and Albania are official candidates for joining the 28-member bloc but don’t have a date.
Ciamba made his remarks after meeting Bujar Osmani, Macedonia’s vice prime minister in charge of European affairs, in Bucharest.
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