Juncker: EU To Be Enlarged after 2019
Albanian Daily News
Published September 13, 2017
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his 2017 State of the Union Address on Wednesday, before the Members of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, presenting his priorities for the year ahead and outlining his vision for how the European Union could evolve by 2025. He presented a Roadmap for a More United, Stronger and More Democratic Union.
"The wind is back in Europe's sails. But we will go nowhere unless we catch that wind. We should chart the direction for the future. As Mark Twain wrote, years from now we will be more disappointed by the things we did not do, than by the ones we did. Now is the time to build a more united, stronger and more democratic Europe for 2025," he said.
President Juncker's speech in the European Parliament was accompanied by the adoption of concrete initiatives by the European Commission on trade, investment screening, cybersecurity, industry, data and democracy, putting words immediately into action.
Speaking about enlargement, Juncker said that: "We must maintain a credible enlargement perspective for the Western Balkans. It is clear that there will be no further enlargement during this mandate, 2019, but thereafter the European Union will be greater than 27 in number.