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1. Peter Dickinson​ asked for the @AtlanticCouncil about #Ukraine's main achievement since 1991. My following uncut answer was a bit broader and also about #Georgia and #Moldova.…
2. Post-Soviet #Ukraine’s, #Georgia’s and #Moldova’s biggest achievements have been their conclusions of Association Agreements with the #EuropeanUnion. The 2004 #OrangeRevolution was a precondition for Kyiv’s start of negotiations with Brussels in 2008.
3. The 2013-14 #RevolutionofDignity, in turn, was crucial to sign the #EU deal initialed in 2012. Ukraine’s two uprisings were necessary but not sufficient conditions for the pact’s adoption in September 2014 and ratification by July 2017.
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I asked @MiroslavLajcak why should the #WesternBalkan leaders trust the EU promises, taking into account the EU failed to deliver visa liberalisation to #Kosovo and accession talks with #NorthMacedonia.

His reply was abhorrent: "If you don't trust the EU, go somewhere else." 1/
Lajčak continued by saying: "It's trendy to criticise the EU about the visa liberlisation, but #Kosovo leaders should go to those countries blocking the freedom to travel and ask how to comply."

However, all the required benchmarks for visa lib have been delivered by Kosovo! 2/
.@Bujar_O, Foreign Affairs Minister of #NorthMacedonia spoke eloquently about the erosion of EU credibility in the #WesternBalkans:

"We keep hearing 'If you deliver, we will deliver', and we changed both our country's name and the constitution, but the EU hasn't delivered." 3/
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1-[THREAD] on French politics and #WesternBalkans enlargement. Our NEW research breaking the myths!… More on @BalkanInsight… or an in depth analysis with @Sebgricourt on @j_jaures tomorrow. @osfEUpolicy @d_part Image
2-Until a few years ago, French enlargement policies were decided by the executive and a “close-knit community” of people. French public opinion mattered little. #NatashaWunsch @BiEPAG wrote about it… ⬇️ Image
3-With the 2005 referendum on the European Constitution, the French government (to lure the right to vote "yes") proposed amending the French constitution in order to subject any future enlargement to a popular vote. "any future enlargement"= 🇹🇷 context Image
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To this date no one in four #WesternBalkan countries recieved a #CovidVaccine:

#BiH🇧🇦, #Kosovo🇽🇰, #Montenegro🇲🇪 & #NorthMacedonia🇲🇰

Many rightfully ask why

In #BiH, for example, authorities relied on #COVAX, #EU🇪🇺 procurement mechanism patience of citizens (?!)👇🏼
Following an agreement of BiH governments in charge for health matters by November 2020 state level authorities (kind of) finalised paperwork to be able to order 1,232,000 dosis of vaccines via #COVAX + 892.000 dosis via an #EU procurement mechanism.…
Already in December 2020 authorities in #BiH made it clear they had no plans to try to negotiate, lobby & get vaccines via direct purchase. They defended their decision by claiming it is safer & cheaper (+legal) to wait & hoped citizens would be patient.…
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We must answer the call of European citizens by showing that it is possible to build a more sustainable planet for our children while preserving the competitiveness of our firms & protecting our workers and the most vulnerable citizens, said @JosephDaul at @EPPGroup Study Days Image
@JosephDaul @EPPGroup Reconnecting with the youth must be an EPP priority. We need to convince them that complex questions do not have simple answers. Our solutions can offer them a secure future & better quality of life, said @JosephDaul at #EPPZagreb
@JosephDaul @EPPGroup Failing to open the accession talks with #NorthMacedonia & #Albania was a strategic error. We must give the #WesternBalkan countries a clear European perspective while they continue implementing the necessary reforms, said @JosephDaul at @EPPGroup Study Days at #EPPZagreb
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