French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday revived an idea for a new form of European co-operation that goes beyond the European Union (EU), but details of how such a mechanism would work remain unclear and controversial in public. 

But the proposal, presented in a keynote address to the EU Parliament, has already sparked controversy over the prospects it could offer Ukraine and the Balkans, a proposal that local analysts are seeing as a green light for states. to be part of the EU, but not a member state.

Political analyst Dritëro Arifi in a statement to the Telegraph said that the president of France, Macron is still not convinced in the rapid enlargement of the EU.

According to him, Macron has previously shown skepticism about a faster enlargement of the EU.

Dritëro Arifi, political analyst

"The President of France is still not convinced of the rapid expansion as many countries are seeking after the conflict with Ukraine, and they want to create a hallway for the countries of the Western Balkans, but also for Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine to have a time to all the rules are unified, the EU laws somehow leave these countries waiting, but implementing the EU rules.

You are given the green light 'that you are part but not full member'.

This is proving that France has internal problems, it is a divided population.

President Macron has internal parliamentary elections and could be one of the hesitations.

"I think Macron has shown skepticism about faster EU enlargement before," he said.

Arifi further added that the EU treaty should be amended, so that the membership of countries that want to join the EU is done by a majority of votes and not by consensus.

"I think the main part is to change the EU treaty, to eliminate the issue of consensus, to become a member with an absolute majority of votes.

Which falls even if some countries may be against the expansion of foreign policy, then the EU can proceed with a majority of votes.

"But I see with skepticism the expansion of new countries in the medium term by the EU," he said.

Asked if with this statement, Macron wants to keep the Balkans and other countries that want to become EU member states away, Arifi said: "I do not think he wants to keep it away, but with this idea they want to keep it close but not inside To the EU ”.

Meanwhile, the director of the EPIK institute, Demush Shasha, in an interview with the Telegraph drew a parallel between the priorities of the President of France, Macron, regarding Ukraine's membership in the EU and visa liberalization for Kosovo.

Demush Shasha in an interview for the Telegraph

Shasha said that although the war in Ukraine is taking lives, Macron states that the issue of its EU membership takes time, and that according to him Kosovo is not in their priorities even for visa liberalization.

"The issue of visa liberalization for Kosovo is on that list of priorities of the European Union has fallen quite low.

We take an example of the war in Ukraine and Macron's comment… despite the lost lives and everything that Ukraine does heroically, today the president of France comes out with the statement 'Fight you, keep dying, but the issue of membership in "The EU takes decades, so he says about Ukraine, but we have to understand under the lines where we are in the hierarchy of Macron's priorities", said Shasha.

Otherwise, the statement of the French president has been commented in Serbia as well.

Analysts in the neighboring country have called the proposal to create a European political community for countries in the "waiting room" that share European values ​​but are not part of the European Union a very bold and dangerous statement.

Serbian analysts say his warning primarily referred to Ukraine, which has recently applied for candidacy, but is also a major problem for Serbia and other Western Balkan countries seeking to join the European Union.

/ Telegraphy /