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The Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia in charge of European Affairs, Bujar Osmani and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Dimitrov paid a working visit to Paris today.

 

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Separate meetings were held during the visit with the State Secretary for European Affairs, Mrs. Amélie de Montchalin at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Clément Beaune, advisor on Europe to the President Emmanuel Macron.

At the meetings, Deputy Prime Minister Osmani and Minister Dimitrov underlined the importance of the latest report of the European Commission which accurately reflects the extent of reforms achieved in the Republic of North Macedonia in the past year and the clearly defined recommendation to start negotiations between our country and the European Union, which confirms our full readiness for the next phase of this long-term process.

Interlocutors were briefed in detail on the progress made in key areas that are part of the last year’s conclusions of the European Council and provide a solid basis for adopting a decision by the European Council to start negotiations with North Macedonia this year.

“We are confident that France will recognize our desire and effort to create a stable and prosperous European democracy at home, fully coinciding with President Macron’s vision and efforts for a strong, stable and prosperous Europe”, Minister Dimitrov stressed.

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“European perspectives are the only fuel with enough potency to push forward the EU’s transformative power in the Balkans, which, taking North Macedonia as an example, has shown that it can change societies for the better which is the basis for a deeper, regional influence, as a common interest in creating lasting stability and prosperity for the entire continent”, said Deputy Prime Minister Osmani, pointing out the high expectations of the citizens of North Macedonia, as well as those of the countries of the region, concerning the European perspectives of the country. 

Maintaining the momentum of continuous joint progress in implementing the reform agenda and the validation of the progress achieved by our country will undoubtedly contribute to the strong consolidation of the European perspective of the region but will also confirm the credibility of the European Union. In addition, interlocutors exchanged views on the French strategy for the Western Balkans which is a complementary process to the process of integrating the countries of the region into the European Union through the support of the reform agenda for a more rapid implementation of European standards.

Possibilities to advance the bilateral cooperation between the two countries in areas of mutual interest were also discussed as well as the course of the Euro-Atlantic integration of North Macedonia which soon is expected to effectuate our full-fledged membership as the 30th member of the Alliance.