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Incoming Commissioner Says No EU Enlargement For Five Years

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EU Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner-designate Johannes Hahn

EU Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner-designate Johannes Hahn

BRUSSELS -- EU Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner-designate Johannes Hahn has said there won't be any EU enlargement during his five-year mandate if he becomes the EU commissioner responsible for the portfolio.

Speaking at a hearing in the European Parliament on September 30, the Austrian echoed EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in saying that no new country will join the club this decade.

Hahn didn't say that this doesn't mean the enlargement process will be at a standstill and that enlargement negotiations will continue with countries such as Montenegro and Serbia.

Speaking about the Western Balkans, Hahn said the region cannot be a blank spot in Europe when it comes to transport and energy infrastructure and underlined that the EU would work to connect the countries in the region.

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