The European Union can start membership negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia, according to a draft decision by the bloc's 27 member states seen by Reuters on Monday and due to be finalised this week.
North Macedonia has declared a state of emergency as it bids to halt the spread of coronavirus, President Stevo Pendarovski said on Wednesday after meeting top government and health officials in Skopje.
North Macedonia's political parties have decided to postpone an April 12 parliamentary election due to the coronavirus outbreak, Zoran Zaev, the head of the ruling Social Democrats and former prime minister, said on Tuesday.
The European Union could open accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia within weeks as both countries have made good progress in their preparations, the European Commission's enlargement chief, Oliver Varhelyi, said on Thursday.
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