The European Commission will propose to the Member States, probably by summer, the start of accession talks with Albania and FYROM, said Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations.
However, he said, the EU believes that, despite the constitutional status of Turkey, there are substantial deficiencies in practice.
“There are thousands of prisoners, many without indictment. We can not close our eyes to serious shortcomings in respecting the principles of the rule of law,” Hahn said.
[Source: Athens Macedonian News Agency]