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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia, Nikola Dimitrov, had a working meeting today in Brussels, as part of his working visit, with the Ambassadors of EU member states (COREPER), organized by the Finnish Presidency of the European Union. 

 

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In his address, FM Dimitrov reminded of the country’s overall achievements in the past period, both domestically and in terms of promoting good-neighborly relations. He called on member-states to adopt a decision to start accession talks in October based on the concrete results and achievements. Such a well-deserved decision will strengthen the influence and credibility of the European Union in the country, but also beyond in the Region and will serve as an incentive for further democratic transformation of our society. His address was followed by an open and constructive discussed with the attending ambassadors, with FM Dimitrov once again pointing out that despite certain challenges and imperfections, the country has shown maturity, responsibility and strong political will for genuine change and progress, stressing that: “The Macedonian story is an opportunity for joint success with the EU”.

Following the meeting with the ambassadors, FM Dimitrov delivered a speech at an event organized by the German Marshall Fund in Brussels, titled: “From Prespa to Brussels: North Macedonia’s route toward European and Euro-Atlantic integration” where he noted the importance of resolving the long-standing dispute with Greece, the steps that led to the historic Prespa Agreement which unlocked the door and the potential for cooperation in a number of areas of mutual interest for the benefit of today’s and future generations, as well as the country’s European and Euro-Atlantic perspective. In this context, the Minister also tackled the prospects of North Macedonia’s full-fledged NATO membership in light of the encouraging pace of ratification of the Accession Protocol by the member states of the Alliance. In addition, he particularly emphasized the need for the EU members to give the green light to continue on the EU-integration path, stressing that such a decision would be a real signal for the progressive and pro-European forces, as well as for the entire region, in the sense that the European perspective is real and attainable and that it is worth investing energy and political capital in resolving difficult open issues. FM Dimitrov underlined that the Western Balkans is actually “an island surrounded by EU member states” and that opening the possibility of a fair competition between candidates based on individual merit and credible screening especially in key areas will one day actually lead to completion rather than enlargement of the European Union.

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During his two-day working stay in Brussels, Minister Dimitrov, in addition to the aforementioned activities, met with the EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn and with the Head of the Cabinet of the president of the European Council, Piotr Serafin, and held several talks with representatives of the diplomatic corps, EU institutions and the NATO Secretariat, and of the political, media and business community in Brussels during the reception organized by the diplomatic- consular missions of the Republic of North Macedonia in Brussels on the occasion of 8 September. After concluding his working visit to Brussels, FM Dimitrov continues his European tour with a working visit to Berlin this afternoon.

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