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EU Council President Charles Michel Calls for 2030 Deadline for European Union Enlargement

Charles Michel, the President of the European Council, has advocated for a target of 2030 to be established as the cutoff by which aspiring candidate states seeking European Union membership should be admitted. Speaking at the Bled Strategic Forum in Slovenia, Michel addressed leaders from Western Balkan countries and emphasized the need to set a clear timeline for expansion.

EU Council President Charles Michel Calls for 2030 Deadline for European Union Enlargement

During the forum, Michel underscored the importance of not taking peace and democracy for granted, particularly in the wake of conflicts that have shaped the region. He proposed that the European Union should collectively work towards being prepared to accommodate new members by 2030, signaling commitment to future enlargement efforts.


Michel stated that this ambitious goal should be reflected in the EU's upcoming strategic agenda and long-term budget. He believes that such a target would not only demonstrate seriousness but also invigorate reform efforts and foster cooperation and understanding among member states.


The President of the European Council revealed that enlargement discussions would take place in forthcoming European Council meetings. He mentioned the possibility of negotiations being opened with Ukraine and Moldova and expressed the expectation for Bosnia and Herzegovina and Georgia to be reconsidered for potential inclusion.

The proposal for a 2030 deadline for EU enlargement is driven in part by Russia's invasion of Ukraine and concerns about increased Russian influence in Balkan countries. Michel's call for expansion serves as a proactive strategy to strengthen the EU's presence and counter potential external influences.


The President pointed out that Russia's invasion of Ukraine had significant implications for Europe's future and global security. While many anticipated a fragmented European response, the opposite occurred. European countries united to impose sanctions on Russia, including stringent economic measures and efforts to weaken Russia's military capabilities.


In light of these developments, Michel's proposition aims to guide the EU's enlargement strategy, ensuring that aspiring states align with the union's principles and standards while bolstering the bloc's resilience and unity against external challenges.

By fLEXI tEAM

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