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Luxembourg, Oct.15, EU ministers are to discuss whether Albania and North Macedonia will be allowed to begin formal talks to join the European Union on Tuesday though French officials have indicated they plan to veto the move.

The incoming president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, penned a letter supporting the start of accession talks with the two Balkan states last week along with other senior EU figures.

But France sees things differently, diplomats told dpa on Monday evening following a special meeting in Luxembourg ahead of Tuesday’s gathering, even though it is isolated in its position.

Finland, which currently holds the rotating European Council presidency, backed the accession process on Tuesday morning.

A decision at the meeting of EU European Affairs ministers not to launch negotiations would deal a blow to the two Balkan countries.

The European Commission found earlier this year that they had done the necessary work to take forward their EU accession bid. (NAN/dpa)

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