The 27 Member States of the European Union agreed on Monday to open negotiations on integrating Albania and North Macedonia.
The agreement came one day after the signing of a protocol between Skopje and Sofia lifting the last obstacles to the talks.
The 27 have just "agreed to open accession talks with Albania and North Macedonia!" tweeted Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the EU.
“We have taken another important step towards bringing the Western Balkans closer to the EU,” he added after a meeting on this subject in Brussels.
"I will be honoured to meet with the leaders of both countries in Brussels tomorrow to discuss the next steps on their path to the EU," the Czech Prime Minister wrote.