The Foreign Ministers of Austria, Slovenia and the Czech Republic met yesterday in Skopje with the President of Northern Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski, the Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Bujar Osmani.
During their visit to Skopje, Austrian Foreign Ministers Alexander Schallenberg, Slovenia, Ange Logar and the Czech Republic Jakub Kulhanek expressed their countries’ support for the Portuguese-EU Presidency initiative to resolve the dispute between Northern Macedonia and Bulgaria. and they supported the start of EU accession negotiations with Skopje.
Austria, Slovenia and the Czech Republic say northern Macedonia should start EU accession talks immediately.
Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhanek said the joint mission of the three foreign ministers in Skopje aimed to send a message that the resolution of all issues by Northern Macedonia in the European integration process should be properly assessed and that the start i Accession negotiations have been postponed for a long time and there should be no further postponement.
He added that Austria, Slovenia and the Czech Republic strongly support the Portuguese initiative to hold the first intergovernmental conference between Northern Macedonia and the EU (which also marks the start of accession negotiations).
According to a statement from the Office of the President of Northern Macedonia, Stevo Pentarovski, the Foreign Ministers of Austria, Slovenia and the Czech Republic expressed the need to hold the first EU-Northern Macedonia Intergovernmental Conference as soon as possible. the delay will affect the credibility of the EU enlargement process.
President Stevo Pendarovski stressed that Northern Macedonia particularly appreciates the continued and tangible support of Austria, Slovenia and the Czech Republic for its integration into the EU and European institutions.
Northern Macedonia cannot yet start accession negotiations with the EU due to Bulgarian objections. /ibna