The Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia Zoran Zaev, accompanied by the Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Nikola Dimitrov and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Bujar Osmani, met today with the Vice President of the European Commission and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Security Josep Borrell. After the meeting, Zaev and Borrell made statements.
“Let me make it very clear again: there is no support for ‘secession’ – neither in the institutions of the European Union nor among the member states. Northern Macedonia has met the necessary conditions to start accession negotiations and, like Albania, deserves to continue in the next phase of the process without delays, “said the European official categorically.
Zoran Zaev welcomed the working visit to Brussels and stressed that he and the delegation had a clear mission these days in Brussels, to convey the message of the citizens of Northern Macedonia to EU officials that we have worked hard, delivered and want to we offer our fair share of the future of Europe.
“We breathe, live and grow with European ideas and values!” And we know that there is no other way than the European one. We are committed to our common values and the implementation of EU standards and criteria. And, we do not want to stop and wait any longer. “We want to move forward because progress is the European way,” Zaev said.
In addition, the Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia said that “we are not asking for more than we deserve, that is, to hold the first intergovernmental conference as soon as possible”. “Northern Macedonia has fulfilled its obligations and now is the time for the EU to meet them,” Zaev added.
“Can we talk about the Western Balkans without Northern Macedonia?” Can we talk about Europe without the Western Balkans? Jo! We have fought hard over the last decades and the last century to find the path to peace and tolerance. “And now we are all ready to unite, dream together and succeed together,” Zaev said.
The Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia stressed that a positive step forward for the Republic of Northern Macedonia is an encouraging message for the whole region and the withdrawal, for Northern Macedonia, will be a message of discouragement for the entire Western Balkans.
“I know this and European leaders know it. “Let us act together in Europe and follow the European course,” concluded Zoran Zaev.
The High Representative stressed that “it is a very appropriate meeting because only yesterday, we had an interesting and long discussion in the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the European Union regarding the Western Balkans. For the importance of the Western Balkans and our continued commitment to the region. Ministers [of Foreign Affairs]”All of them reaffirmed the European perspective of the whole region.”
“There was strong support for convening the first Intergovernmental Conference on Northern Macedonia as soon as possible. We know you have been waiting for a long time – maybe 16 years. You are the country,” Borrell said. second with longevity at the door of expansion.But I can tell you that there was strong support from everyone [Foreign Affairs] The ministers for the first conference that will take place “.
“I would also like to underline the high level of your harmonization with our Foreign and Security Policy. And to me, the High Representative, it is very important that you boldly – and sometimes paying a price – comply with our Common Foreign and Security Policy. We appreciate it a lot. “And I understand that it is an expression of your commitment to the European path for your country,” Borrell said.
“I want to insist on this idea, Northern Macedonia can hope that we will support it [it] when it comes to finding a solution to advance on the path to accession “concluded Josep Borrell in joint statements with Zoran Zaev.ibna