“I want to send a strong message that the European perspective, the perspective of accession to the Western Balkans, including Macedonia, is clear and indisputable. I am optimistic. The harmonization of the Negotiating Framework and the holding of the first intergovernmental conference will follow, which will actually start the negotiation process itself,” said the European Union Ambassador to the country David Geer in an interview with MIA. “These talks continue in Brussels and indeed the Portuguese presidency has pledged to help and push the process. In the meantime, what is important is for Macedonia, together with Bulgaria, to engage bilaterally in an attempt to find a solution that is acceptable to both sides, which will allow the situation to move forward,” Geer underlines.