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Berlin, the next morning:
The interest of Germany is like oxygen to the region, especially after the burst of scepticism towards EU and the EU enlargement.
There is consent that EU will not admit new members in the course of this decade. However, there is awareness that leaving the Balkan on its own is not the best solution and will bring risks.
The offer is reforms, infrastructure and fight for grow… supported by Brussels, from distance, and with interests coming from Berlin, Wien, and Paris… The comparative access to funds between a country-candidate and an EU member state with ration 1:6, we will need to be very cunning. In practice, it is very clear that the results will depend on us, here in the region!
Despite the challenges, one of my colleagues had excellent point: EU is still more popular at the Balkan than within EU itself… There has to be a reason for that.

 

Nikola Poposki

 

“With Peterle we agree: EC claims 5 year break, we must use the time to be ready, but when we are, EU needs to be ready too”.

Nikola Poposki

 

Hungary opened a national trade house in Macedonia: a strong stimulus for cooperation and possibilities for Macedonian businesses on this market. There is an announcement for possible additional guarantee loans for Hungarian partners in deals between companies from both countries.                                                                                                                             
Nikola Poposki

In conditions when the messages coming from Brussels say that during this term of office the European Commission will not admit new member-states to the European Union, it is necessary to focus on economic development, overall infrastructure projects and to increase the scope and efficiency of use of European funds.

 

Nikola Poposki

 

1. Macedonia continues to contribute to Afghanistan – we remain reliable partner to the people of Afghanistan and NATO Alliance

2. NATO blocking of our membership has been lingering since 2008! It is a hard balance between the rule of law and the position of power

Nikola Poposki

 

In Bucharest 100 years ago Macedonia was on the agenda – today it is one of the countries that make the common regional agenda.

 

Nikola Poposki

 

Regional cooperation marked by:

1. The Balkan in EU is the best option for both the Balkans and the EU

2. Investments and better infrastructure

Nikola Poposki

 

There are no excuses for the culture of tolerance for this phenomenon. It is well known that throughout the world people become victims of sexual violence in times of conflict. It is well known, sometimes people talk about it, maybe – but nothing is done to change that.

It is a culture of: if it does not reflect on us, there is no reason for us to reckon or act. That is why it lasts for so long!

Thatcher’s thought: In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman has never sounded more challenging.

Nikola Poposki

 

Macedonia assumed the Presidency of Central European Initiative from Austria: a motive for enhanced regional cooperation in 2015!

 

Nikola Poposki

 

CEI – Western Balkans Conference 2014
EU integration is not a process where one loses as much as they gain.
The result is positive both for the 20 million in the Balkans and for the 500 million in the member states.

Nikola Poposki