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Kobler: Macedonia close to EU like never before

Тhe Austrian Ambassador to Macedonia Renate Kobler praised the progress Macedonia has made in the processes for integration in the European Union. The Austrian Ambassador attended the session of the Parliamentary Committee for European Affairs on occasion start of the Austrian Presidency with the EU. “You’ve never been closer to the EU than today. Your country has still a lot ...

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PM Zaev: Talks for EU Accession a Historic Decision

In an Interview for Deutsche Welle (DW), Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev says that as the EU opens its gates, Macedonia would “proudly walks through them”. “There is no other description for this decision: It is a historic one. We have a date for negotiations: June 2019. Until then, together with our friends and partners from the European Commission, we will ...

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PM Zaev at Joint Press Conference with EP President Tusk

This is a good week for your country and for the Western Balkans. The EU ministers set out the path towards opening accession talks with Macedonia and with Albania in June 2019, and in just a few hours, I expect that the EU Heads of States will endorse this decision, European Council President Donald Tusk told a news conference in ...

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Government welcomes Council’s decision on Macedonia’s European path

The government welcomed on Wednesday the decision made by the General Affairs Council the previous day regarding Macedonia’s European path. “Yesterday, we witnessed how almost all EU FMs were pledging for all of us, the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia. The decision of the Council of EU Ministers is fully public and transparent and everybody can see it,” spokesperson ...

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Macedonia Gets Conditional Date for Start of EU Accession Talks – in June 2019

With the achieved progress, Macedonia has opened the path to starting accession negotiations in June 2019. At Tuesday’s meeting in Luxembourg, the EU Council conditioned the decision with the implementation of the necessary reforms. The meeting saw the Council decide that Macedonia set the road towards a start of negotiations in June 2019 due to the achieved progress. According to ...

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NATO Sec Gen Stoltenberg Specifies Conditions for Macedonia Invitation

NATO Sec Gen Jens Stoltenberg specified on Monday the conditions for Macedonia getting an invitation. “Of course, the decision will be taken by Heads of State and Government at our Summit in July, but I expect and I hope that the Heads of State and Government can agree to start accession talks. Then, of course, we’ll all be able to ...

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EC: Start of Negotiations for Macedonia Recommended

According to the EC, in this year’s reports on Macedonia and Albania, a start of EU membership negotiations is recommended. The decision is in the hands of the EU Council, EC spokesperson Maja Kocijancic said on Friday. “The name agreement has been ratified by Parliament in Skopje. As you know, the whole process will be discussed at the General Affairs ...

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British PM May Congratulates Macedonian Counterpart Zaev on Name Deal

British PM Theresa May has sent a letter to her Macedonian counterpart, Zoran Zaev, congratulating him on both the name deal and the parliamentary ratification. She assesses that the deal wouldn’t have been possible had there been no political courage, vision and leadership. According to May, the solution will result in huge benefits for the two countries. The British PM ...

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Parliament Adopts Law for Name Deal Ratification

On Wednesday, Parliament adopted the law for ratification of the Skopje-Athens name agreement. 69 parliamentarians voted in favour. VMRO-DPMNE, whose MPs didn’t participate in the session, said it would request interpretation from the Venice Commission to determine the legal nature of the deal. “The deal marks a beginning of the end of the uncertainty for Macedonia and represents a dignified ...

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Parliament Determines Need to Adopt Law Ratifying Name Deal

On Tuesday, Parliament determined the need to adopt the law for ratification of the Skopje-Athens name agreement.  110 MPs attended the session. 69 voted in favour, while 40 were against. FM Nikola Dimitrov explained before parliamentarians the need to adopt the law in a shortened procedure. The adoption deadline is 22 June 2018. As Dimitrov said, it’s more than necessary ...

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