Monthly Archives: June 2021

Ambassadors React to Latest Developments on North Macedonia’s EU Path

“We do remain disappointed that the EU Member States were unable to include approval at the General Affairs meeting yesterday,” US Ambassador Kate Marie Byrnes said at the Skopje Economic Forum on Wednesday. However, as she added, there is no doubt that the country has done the work necessary to launch talks. At the same event, Germany’s Ambassador, Anke Holstein, ...

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PM Zaev says He Will Once Again Visit Sofia for Talks

Despite the latest developments, PM Zoran Zaev said on Wednesday North Macedonia would continue to seek a solution, adding that he would once again visit Sofia for talks. “The negotiations with the EU mustn’t turn into negotiations with Bulgaria. Progress should depend on reforms and implementation of European standards. That’s exactly why we think that bilateral issues mustn’t be brought ...

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Zaev Denies Having Talked to Ahmeti About State Symbols

PM Zoran Zaev said on Wednesday that he and DUI leader Ali Ahmeti hadn’t talked about state symbols or, more specifically, the anthem. The same day, the PM pointed out that he made a mistake by using “the Macedonian national football team” in a tweet, which had previously seen a reaction from Greece in relation to the three memoranda. Zaev ...

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Osmani: Media, not Ahmeti, Saying There are Negotiations on Symbols

Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani denies that the leader of his party, DUI’s Ali Ahmeti, and PM Zoran Zaev are negotiating on a change of the country’s coat of arms, flag, and anthem. As he explains, it is the media, not Ahmeti, that are saying there are negotiations. According to Osmani, it’s about unserious reporting of a statement made 20 years ...

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Blockade for Skopje Remains as Sofia Doesn’t Change Stand in Luxembourg

Portugal did everything it could during its EU Presidency for a potential solution, potential compromise to be found to the Skopje-Sofia dispute. That was the message sent by the country’s Secretary of State for European Affairs, Ana Paula Zacarias, on Tuesday, after the end of the General Affairs Council meeting in Luxembourg. Answering a journalist’s question, she said she was ...

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EU Delegation’s Geer Says ‘We Very Much Hope to See’ Opening of Negotiations

Following the last messages from Sofia, it’s nearly certain that North Macedonia will have to wait for the October meeting of the EU to possibly get a green light. However, the topic of enlargement and Stabilisation and Association Process are first on the agenda of Tuesday’s ministerial in Luxembourg, while the issue of start of negotiations is expected to be ...

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SDSM and VMRO-DPMNE Still Divided over Bulgaria Issue

SDSM Spokesperson and MP Kostadin Kostadinov says he is always optimistic and hopes there will be a positive outcome on Tuesday when it comes to North Macedonia’s path. According to him, the talks with Bulgaria are underway, despite what VMRO-DPMNE is trying to present. As Kostadinov explains, people should be patient when there are processes of particular importance. “What matters ...

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VMRO-DPMNE’s Nikoloski Levels Fierce Criticism at Bulgaria

In his address at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on Monday, VMRO-DPMNE Vice-President Aleksandar Nikoloski said Bulgaria, for electoral and, primarily, political reasons, was blocking Skopje’s European path. “And they continue to do so, violating fundamental human rights of the Macedonians, such as self-determination, our language, history, and heritage,” he stressed. As Nikoloski added, Sofia ...

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Foreign Minister Osmani Meets Belgian and Portuguese Ambassadors

On Monday, Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani met Belgium’s Ambassador, resident in Sofia, Frederic Meurice, and Portugal’s Ambassador, resident in Belgrade, Maria Virgínia Mendes da Silva Pina. North Macedonia’s EU perspective was discussed, as were the opportunities to promote in the period ahead, considering the EU’s June Summits. At the meeting with the Portuguese Ambassador, the efforts and engagement so far ...

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Justice Minister Maricic and US Ambassador Byrnes Discuss Several Topics

On Monday, Justice Minister Bojan Maricic held a meeting with US Ambassador Kate Marie Byrnes. They talked about the modalities for cooperation in the frames of the recently published Memorandum for setting up a fight against corruption of the US, North Macedonia’s Justice Ministry said in the press-release. Additionally, US President Joe Biden’s Executive Order was discussed. Maricic underlined the ...

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