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Bulgarian Foreign Ministry Informs of ‘Obligations Assumed’ by Skopje

On Friday afternoon, Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry issued a press-release concerning, as it was said, the obligations assumed by North Macedonia at the meeting in Sofia on 17 June. Reiterating Sofia’s positions, the Ministry also revealed the items with regards to the obligations. According to the institution, North Macedonia assumed readiness for it to confirm as soon as possible before the ...

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Bulgaria Issue in Focus of Session for Parliamentary Questions

At Thursday’s session for parliamentary questions, VMRO-DPMNE urged PM Zoran Zaev to say, as it was pointed out, whether the negotiations with Sofia concern the Macedonian identity and language. MPs from Hristijan Mickoski’s party also criticised him for saying that the EU is to blame now. In response, the PM said the “quasi-patriots” from VMRO-DPMNE, with their narrative, just deteriorated ...

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Reactions in Country to Bulgaria’s Blockade

“We need an economically prosperous Balkans of the 21st century, integrated into the EU. Today, I will also add a Balkans that lives in the present and builds a prosperous future,” PM Zoran Zaev said at Wednesday’s opening of the Skopje Economic Forum. As he added, the past is a lesson that divisions and discord don’t lead anywhere. According to ...

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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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PM Zaev Holds Meetings with Radev and Yanev in Bulgaria

On Thursday, PM Zoran Zaev, together with Deputy PM for European Affairs Nikola Dimitrov and Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani, held a meeting in with Bulgarian President Rumen Radev. The visit of the delegation of North Macedonia is of exceptional importance and comes at a time when the strong dynamism of contacts and dialogue is of huge significance to the Skopje-Sofia ...

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Osmani Informs of Bulgaria Talks as Sofia Says Conditions Aren’t Met

On Wednesday, Foreign Minister Osmani informed MPs in the frames of Parliament’s Foreign Police Committee about the course of the negotiations with Sofia. However, the opposition said his address was belated. VMRO-DPMNE MP Antonio Milososki, who chairs the Commission, said the body would file draft-conclusions to Parliament to adopt a resolution rejecting the Declaration adopted by Bulgaria’s legislative home in ...

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PM Zaev not Very Optimistic Skopje-Sofia Dispute will be Resolved 22 June

On Thursday, PM Zoran Zaev will hold another meeting with Bulgarian President Radev, though he is not very optimistic that the Skopje-Sofia dispute will be resolved on 22 June. There are no negotiations on the Macedonian language and identity, it was said on Tuesday. The Portuguese proposal is on the table. Zaev considers it to be a good basis for ...

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Government Delegation Participates in NATO Summit

On Monday, PM Zoran Zaev, accompanied by Defence Minister Radmila Sekerinska and Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani, participated in the NATO Summit, the first since North Macedonia’s full-fledged membership. “Today, we are here to reaffirm our unity, cohesion, and solidarity. We will also address future challenges and together make strategic-level decisions for further adaption in NATO. We share same values, we ...

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Zaev Participates in SDSM Tribune in Skopje

On Friday, PM and SDSM President Zoran Zaev participated in the tribune “The Best for Our Municipality”, held in Skopje. “At the tribunes from this caravan, we will present our work so far, but we also intend to hear your voice, too,” he stated, adding that what citizens thought was best for their municipalities would become part of the party’s ...

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