North Macedonia

Hoxha: The Government of Northern Macedonia remains committed to the implementation of the Prespa Agreement

The government of northern Macedonia has pledged to implement the Prespa Agreement, which paved the way for the country’s accession to NATO and the EU, government spokesman Muhamet Hoxha told a regular news conference Wednesday.

“There are two parts of this agreement, Macedonia and Greece, and they focus on all the obligations deriving from such an agreement. The appropriate commission has been set up within the two governments. The responsible committee is working during this year; as soon as they have an agreement or have common conclusions about it, the public will be informed. But there are no problems in the whole process; we have communication between two governments, between two committees; we have no obstacles, communication is stable. “We hope to have an agreement on all open issues soon,” Hoxha said.

Answering a question from a journalist, Hoxha’s spokesman stressed that the government of the Republic of Northern Macedonia does not want to comment on media articles.

“With the Prespa Agreement, as well as the Good Neighborliness and Friendship Agreement with the Republic of Bulgaria, we have shown that our goal is good relations with our neighbors, as one of the conditions for EU membership. “We expect continued support from our neighbors who are members of the EU, to support our faster accession,” Hoxha said.

Furthermore, Muhamet Hoxha informed about the decisions of the government meeting, where the focus was on the National Vaccination Plan for COVID-19 in Northern Macedonia. Vaccination in the country will take place in three phases in which different categories of citizens are covered. The phases will be in line with the initial quantities of vaccines available and the priority risk vaccination groups. Priority is given to the three main groups to ensure the functioning of the health system, to protect those most at risk from disease, complications and death, and to maintain vital infrastructure services.

The government spokesman referred to the decisions for the restart of the economy, which are extremely important for the state, as well as for a better standard of living for the citizens and informed that for this purpose the government has approved the economic reform program 2021 – 2023, which will be presented to the European Commission by the end of this week. To this end, a plan has been drawn up to implement a series of structural reforms with pre-determined steps that should encourage long-term and sustainable economic growth to improve the quality of life of all citizens.

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