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VMRO-DPMNE levels New accusations at Foreign Minister

“Macedonia is once again without a date for negotiations. Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov is to blame for this disgraceful situation,” the party’s spokesperson, Naum Stoilkovski said, adding that the government’s statements about a date made in June 2018 were lies. He also stated that Dimitrov was sending 10 ambassadors with hidden biographies and theses. “Never before have ambassadorial theses at ...

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Skopje and Sofia to most Likely have Joint Presidency of Berlin Process

“Next year, Bulgaria and North Macedonia will most likely have a joint Presidency of the Berlin Process,” Poland’s FM, Jacek Czaputowicz, is quoted as saying by the Bulgarian National Radio. Poland currently holds the Presidency. Its successor should be decided at the Summit in Poznan at the start of July. Regarding the date issue, the Polish FM is adamant that ...

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PM Zoran Zaev answers Journalists’ questions About several Topics

“The Council of Ministers’ conclusion is an absolute guarantee, October will be October and it will not be later, no country is against North Macedonia,” PM Zoran Zaev said on Wednesday, answering a journalist’s question about the unofficial information that seven EU countries were against a date for Macedonia and for Albania. On his Twitter account, VMRO-DPMNE’s Antonio Milososki had ...

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OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Slovak FM Lajcak holds Meetings in Skopje

If Macedonia doesn’t get a date by October, that will mean a full stop for its EU perspective, FM Nikola Dimitrov said at a joint press-conference on Wednesday with OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Slovak FM Miroslav Lajcak, who’s visiting Skopje. According to him, the country has done a lot both domestically and in terms of resolving difficult issues over the past ...

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Conclusions acknowledge Reform agenda, says Dimitrov

According to FM Nikola Dimitrov, the General Affairs Council’s conclusions valorise and acknowledge Macedonia’s reform agenda and new foreign policy, which resolves problems instead of ignoring them. “We will be satisfied when we get also the decision in the autumn and when we will be in organisation of the first governmental conference that we want to be held in December ...

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Osmani confident Decision in October will be positive

The Bundestag is the only technical obstacle that prevented Macedonia from getting a date for membership negotiations on Tuesday. The Deputy PM for European Affairs, Bujar Osmani, says that there are no dilemmas that the decision in October will be positive. He denies that seven Member States were against a date. French Ambassador Christian Thimonier, too, considers Tuesday’s decision not ...

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VMRO-DPMNE: Decision against Giving date Expected

According to VMRO-DPMNE, the decision not to give a date for start of membership negotiations to Macedonia on Tuesday was expected. The opposition party considers that crime, corruption and failure to implement reforms are among the reasons for that. “What’s the guarantee that a date will be given in October? Because nobody confirmed in Luxembourg yesterday that the decision would ...

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U.S. believes Macedonia deserves Date at soonest Opportunity

The U.S. believes that Macedonia should get a date to start membership negotiations with the EU as soon as possible. “The U.S. Government strongly believes that North Macedonia deserves a date to open accession talks at the soonest opportunity,” Micaela Schweitzer-Bluhm, Chargé d’Affaires at the US Embassy in Skopje, told MTV1 TV.

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Conclusions for Macedonia adopted – EU to revert to Issue by October

“In light of the limited time available and the importance of the matter, the Council will revert to the issue with a view to reaching a clear and substantive decision as soon as possible and no later than October 2019,” reads a conclusion of the General Affairs Council (GAC) that was held on Tuesday in Luxembourg. EU Member States didn’t ...

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FM Dimitrov: Recommendation represents Acknowledgment of big Progress

In a column for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, FM Nikola Dimtrov says that the recommendation for a start of accession negotiations represents acknowledgement of the big progress made by Macedonia. “Success stories are rare in Europe. We don’t have the luxury of ignoring them,” Dimitrov writes for the German newspaper. According to him, a positive decision to start negotiations will send ...

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