French ambassador to Serbia: Bid to join the EU non-negotiable

“It’s not a negotiation. If you want to join the EU, there are demands you have to meet. If the candidate country doesn’t have a sincere desire to invest every effort to meet those demands, then nothing will come of it,” Falconi said on Friday during an online discussion about France and the EU Integration of the West Balkans. [Shutterstock/ M-SUR]

French Ambassador to Serbia Jean-Louis Falconi said that EU membership was not a matter of negotiation, but one of the candidate country meeting every requirement to join.

“It’s not a negotiation. If you want to join the EU, there are demands you have to meet. If the candidate country doesn’t have a sincere desire to invest every effort to meet those demands, then nothing will come of it,” Falconi said on Friday during an online discussion about France and the EU Integration of the West Balkans.

Falconi said he can understand that pride can get in the way and that it may be “difficult to understand that you are being asked to do something,” but that the candidate country must meet the conditions if it wants to join the EU.

The ambassador said France was supporting Western Balkan countries in their bid to become a part of the EU, and that the pledge had first been made in 2000 at an EU-Western Balkan summit in Zagreb.

“We made this pledge and intend to fulfil it. These are not just nice words, but a sincere promise,” said Falconi, underlining that such a promise was not given to any other region or country. (EURACTIV.rs | betabriefing.com)

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