The European Commission is urging EU nations to open membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia, saying the Balkans countries “have delivered on reforms.”

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Wednesday recommended opening accession talks with the two countries “as soon as possible. They are ready. This is our assessment.”

However, the expansion of the 28-nation EU over the years has complicated decision-making in the world’s biggest trade bloc, and it’s unclear whether member states will endorse the move.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini speaks during a media conference on the EU enlargement Package 2019 at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. The European Union says Turkey continues to distance itself from the bloc and its values and sees no reason to unblock the country's EU membership talks. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini speaks during a media conference on the EU enlargement Package 2019 at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. The European Union says Turkey continues to distance itself from the bloc and its values and sees no reason to unblock the country’s EU membership talks. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Mogherini says it’s not as if Albania and North Macedonia would join “the union tomorrow morning. It’s a complicated process.”

The prospect of EU membership has been a powerful force for reform in the volatile Balkans since the former Yugoslavia disintegrated into war in the early 1990s.

European Neighborhood Policy Johannes Hahn speaks during a media conference on the EU enlargement Package 2019 at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. The European Union says Turkey continues to distance itself from the bloc and its values and sees no reason to unblock the country's EU membership talks. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
European Neighborhood Policy Johannes Hahn speaks during a media conference on the EU enlargement Package 2019 at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. The European Union says Turkey continues to distance itself from the bloc and its values and sees no reason to unblock the country’s EU membership talks. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

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