It’s possible for there to be enlargement even before 2030, according to France’s Laurence Boone, Minister of State for Europe, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs.
At the Bled Strategic Forum, she clarified the message previously sent by French President Emmanuel Macron, that is, that before the next enlargement, reforms of the Union are needed, but that doesn’t mean at all the doors are closed.
“I know Charles Michel said by 2030, it can be even quicker. But, it’s necessary for us to reform ourselves and candidate countries to reform themselves as well,” she noted.
During the annual address before French ambassadors in Paris, Macron had sent a message that Europe needs to reform itself into a Union of several speeds. According to him, functioning with 27 members is complicated enough, while it will not be simpler with 32 or 35 members.
“If we want to be stronger and more stable, we must walk the path of enlargement, especially with regards to the Western Balkans because it’s impossible to have a Europe that has certain geopolitical instabilities, influence, and a type of endless process that feeds despair and divisions.
The risk is what we have already done repeating itself,” the French President noted.