The Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, received on Wednesday the Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, at the Palace of Moncloa, with whom he had a working lunch. This is the first visit of a Prime Minister of Northern Macedonia to Spain in the thirty years of its democracy, which Spain supports in its European course.
The meeting came at a time when Spain is multiplying its interest in the Western Balkans region and coincides with visits to Spain by the Serbian Defense Minister and the Croatian Foreign Minister.
Sanchez conveyed to Zaev the European Union (EU) commitment to the joint fight against the pandemic and welcomed the new COVAX mission with 650,000 doses of Pfizer / Biontech vaccine in the region, 120,000 of which correspond to Northern Macedonia, allowing the country to accelerate.
The talks also focused on Spain’s active support for Northern Macedonia’s accession to the European Union, as the European Union must give a new impetus to its enlargement to the Western Balkans. Sanchez acknowledged northern Macedonia’s efforts to implement important reforms, such as the judiciary, and progress in transparency and the fight against corruption. He also reminded that the European Commission ‘s progress report on Northern Macedonia, published last October, was very positive and should maintain its momentum, especially in the rule of law reforms, which are a priority for the European Union.
Finally, the two counterparts dealt with the excellent relations between the two countries, with regular meetings at the highest level, such as the one held last March in Madrid between the Foreign Ministers of Spain and Northern Macedonia.
They also explored ways of co-operating in the areas of the economy that the Northern Macedonian government seeks to boost through new investments driven by Spanish companies, such as renewable energy, water treatment and railway infrastructure.
The Spanish Prime Minister published a video message to the citizens of Northern Macedonia, where, among other things, he reiterated Spain’s support for the European course of Northern Macedonia.ibna