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Borissov: Bulgaria Supports North Macedonia’s Integration in EU

The Bulgarian PM Boyko Borissov said at a press conference in Sofia that he and the Bulgarian Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov support the integration of Macedonia in NATO and the EU. “When it comes to the integration of North Macedonia and Albania in the EU, I and Karakachanov are on same terms; Both countries should become EU member-states. Bulgaria is ...

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Greek DM: We Respect Prespa Agreement, Skopje Should Do the Same

The Greek Minister of Defence Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos says in an interview for the Greek newspaper “Real News” that Greece respects the Prespa Agreement and hopes on reciprocity from Macedonia. “We respect the international law, and we demand the same position from our northern neighbours. Thanks to this agreement, we concluded our cooperation with Skopje last week, allowing Greece to watch ...

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Thimonier: North Macedonia Yet to Implement Reforms

The French Ambassador to Macedonia Christian Thimonier says in an interview for web portal “Portal B” that France and the EU will closely follow the implementation of reforms to the very last day before a decision is made on start of the EU membership negotiations. “We can say today that neither negotiations nor the EU membership itself improved the general ...

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US Secretary of State Pompeo Visits Macedonia

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo paid on Friday an official visit to Macedonia, as part of his tour which also covered Italy, Montenegro and Greece. Pompeo, who is the first US Secretary of State to visit Macedonia after Colin Powel in 2001, arrived on Friday afternoon in Ohrid, where he was welcomed by a high governmental delegation headed ...

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EU Military Committee Chairman Graziano Visits Macedonia

The Chairman of the Military Committee of the EU Claudio Graziano paid an official visit to Macedonia on Friday. Graziano, who is the first ever Chairman of the Military Committee of the EU to visit Macedonia, was welcomed at the Defence Ministry by the Defence Minister Radmila Sekerinska and the Chief of Staff of the Macedonian Army (ARM), Major General ...

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Reuters: Berlin Suggests Split of EU Processes for North Macedonia, Albania

According to information reported by the internationally established news agency Reuters, official Berlin had suggested separation of the processes for start of EU membership negotiations with Macedonia and Albania. “According to the plan suggested to the Ministers of the 28 EU member-states which are to discuss the issue this October, a compromise between the members supporting the enlargement of EU ...

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Gerberich: Germany Supports North Macedonia’s Integration in EU, NATO

In an interview for news agency MIA, German Ambassador to Macedonia Thomas Gerberich speaks about recent political events in Macedonia, and the country’s processes for integration in NATO and EU. “Germany has recognised the efforts made your country, which is why the Bundestag approved the start of EU membership negotiations with North Macedonia. The West Balkans is a strategically important ...

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Dronzina: North Macedonia Was Target of Russian Cyber-threats

Bulgarian university professor Tatyana Dronzina revealed at the opening of the Regional School on Security 2019 in Skopje that Macedonia has been targeted by Russian cyber-threats from centres based in Bulgaria. “During the elections in North Macedonia, centres of Russian intelligence based in Bulgaria conducted several cyber-operations against North Macedonia. Having this in mind, I completely support the initiative of ...

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Justice Minister Deskoska Attends Justice Conference in Tirana

Justice Minister Renata Deskoska took part on Friday in Tirana, Albania, in a conference titled “It’s All about Justice”. The conference was attended by other Justice Ministers from West Balkan countries, and the Albanian PM Edi Rama. At the conference, Deskoska referred the integration of Macedonia in the EU. “The European Commission confirmed the progress made with the reforms our ...

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EU Officials Call for Start of Membership Talks with Macedonia, Albania

European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, European parliament President David Sassoli and European Commission President-elect Ursula Von der Leyen addressed the member-states of the EU in an open letter, calling them to approve the start of membership negotiations with Macedonia and Albania. “Last June we agreed to reach a clear and substantive decision on the opening ...

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