Croatian MEP Appointed for EP Rapporteur for Western Balkans

Croatian MEP Tonino Picula has been appointed EP rapporteur for Western Balkans ahead of a summit in Zagreb in May 2020, TV N1 reported.

His role will be to prepare recommendations to the Parliament, Council, and Commission regarding the opening of accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania as well as providing new impetus to the enlargement process, Picula’s office reported on Wednesday.

One of the main topics and challenges that Picula will be involved in the report is reaching a consensus in the Council regarding the enlargement process to countries in the Western Balkans.

“Reform debates must not stop the process. Countries need to be assessed individually based on individual merits and achievements. Montenegro is the forerunner in that process and I expect that the achieved results and invested efforts to be recognized and that pre-accession negotiations be closed during this term,” Picula said.

Picula was Croatian Minister of Foreign Affairs (2000-2003), and Mayor of Velika Gorica (2005-2009).