Foreign ministry spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras on Thursday referred to the EU progress reports for candidate-states, recently made public by the European Commission, where he stated that “it is one of the basic tools in the EU enlargement process” which institutionally falls under the jurisdiction of the European Commission.
He underlined, however, that the main role in the specific process belongs to the European Council that will assess the progress made by the candidates next December.
Delavekouras pointed out that in order to serve as “reliable tools”, these reports should “reflect reality with objectivity as regards domestic situation, external behaviour, the reforms and the progress of the candidate states.”
“Greece, being surrounded by candidate states, makes sure through negotiations with the responsible European bodies that the issues of major national importance are highlighted, while it also exchanges views on the progress made by the candidates,” he said.
He also reminded that in Greece’s perspective the enlargement is a “strategic political choice” which the country follows with consistency as proved by the “Agenda 2014” initiative it has undertaken.
Delavekouras also referred to certain positive developments in the EU enlargement to include western Balkan states, namely, the visa waiver decided by the EU in the case of Albanian and Bosnia-Herzegovina nationals wishing to enter Schengen pact countries; a European Commission report on Serbia to be issued in response to the country’s accession request, the positive recommendation issued by the European Commission in response to Montenegro’s accession request and the progress made in Croatia’s accession process.