Unlike coronavirus-stricken countries such as Italy, the pandemic has had little impact on air pollution levels in the Western Balkans.
Decision "sends a loud and clear message to the Western Balkans: your future is in the EU,” said Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi.
Convergence to be reversed as the economic crisis resulting from the coronavirus pandemic is set to be deeper and longer in the CIS, Ukraine, Turkey and the Western Balkans than in the EU member states of Central and Southeast Europe.
April elections to be postponed as the number of coronavirus cases continues to increase in both countries.
Vienna-based think tank expects the coronavirus pandemic to result in the worst year for the region since the global financial crisis.
Retail turnover has spiked as panicked shoppers empty supermarket shelves of cooking oil, flour, pasta and hygienic products, but other sectors are suffering and Skopje resembles a ghost town by night.
Western Balkan prime ministers discussed the need for infrastructure investment and the removal of barriers to regional trade at the EBRD Western Balkans Investment Summit.