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Today and tomorrow (4 and 5 July 2019) in Poznan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov participates in the sixth Western Balkans Summit within the Berlin Process chaired this year by Poland.

 

 

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As part of the Foreign Ministers’ agenda, FM Dimitrov took part today in a working lunch with the other foreign ministers from countries participating in the Berlin Process, where issues of the EU perspective of Western Balkan countries were discussed, as well as the further development of the Berlin Process in the upcoming period. The minister’s participation in the Summit continued with a plenary session where talks reviewed the current issues related to regional cooperation and an overview was made of the results achieved and the existing challenges of the region.

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This portion of the agenda was followed by a press conference where it was announced that next year North Macedonia and Bulgaria will co-chair the Berlin Process. This will strengthen the region’s ownership over the process while simultaneously recognizing North Macedonia and Bulgaria for their efforts in building good-neighborly relations and their importance for the EU perspective of the region.

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“We should be very pleased with what is being achieved. The Berlin Process began with a connectivity agenda and it then expanded to the goal of creating a regional economic zone – with both projects being a preparation for accession. The Process recognized the strong potential of regional cooperation that was translated into concrete projects and initiatives for sectoral cooperation so as to accelerate the EU integration, the economic growth and stability. Focusing on concrete projects of mutual benefit, we demonstrated maturity and political will for interconnectivity in light of the growing demand for Europe in the region. Through the Berlin Process, we offered European understanding and cooperation towards mutual growth, regional stability and prosperity.”

On the sidelines, FM Dimitrov held a bilateral meeting with Pekka Haavisto, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Finland, which as of 1 July assumed the presidency of the Council of the EU. In that context, FM Dimitrov briefed his interlocutor on the democratic U-turn achieved by North Macedonia in the past two years, underlining that our success, as illustrated in the Commission’s report, should be confirmed and solidified with a positive decision in October. The beginning of the next phase of our European path will serve as an additional incentive back home, but will also send an encouraging signal in terms of the European future of the entire region. This year, North Macedonia offers a chance which along with Finland as the presiding country, as well as the remaining member states, should not be missed.

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In addition, FM Dimitrov took part today in two panels within the portion of the Poznan Summit dedicated to the role of the civil society.

At the panel dedicated to the integration of the Roma, the efforts of the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia regarding this issue were presented. Furthermore, on North Macedonia’s initiative, the Declaration on the Integration of the Roma within the EU enlargement process is to be adopted tomorrow as part of the Summit.

Talks at the panel titled “Better environment for better life” tackled the importance of the environment and ways to solve the burning environmental problems in the region.

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Tomorrow, for the final day of the Summit, FM Dimitrov will be joined states by the delegation led by Prime Minister Zaev for the meetings with heads of state and government.