Macedonia, Turkey, Montenegro and Serbia want to attend EC summits

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Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, led by Turkey, raised the initiative to attend the European Council summits and meetings as observers.

As MIA reports from Brussels, this initiative is only discussed for now and the heads of state and government and foreign ministers of these countries – candidates, want to be present at these most important EU meetings, to see how EU operates, so they can best prepare for future participation in the debates when they become members.

This initiative in a statement to MIA is confirmed by Gül Büyükerşen Oral, Counsellor at Permanent Representation of Turkey to the EU, in charge of Political Affairs and the Western Balkans.

– The desire of candidates to attend EU Council summits and meetings as observers is only a preliminary idea with no official background. It is just an informal exchange of views between colleagues. But in time we will gladly publish it, the first adviser to the Turkish Ambassador to the EU says.

The presence of the candidate countries or countries already negotiating for membership in the Union Council summits would be a novelty in the EU functioning. So far, only the countries that have completed negotiations and signed the accession treaty, as was the case in Croatia, were entitled to attend as observers at meetings of the highest bodies of the Union.


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