Dimitrov from Thessaloniki: We share the same fate as the EU, but we’re still not at the table

Thessaloniki, 4 May, 2018 - 17:54 (META) 

We share the same fate with the EU, but we are still not at the table, said Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov at the third quadrilateral ministerial meeting between Macedonia, Greece, Albania and Bulgaria, which takes place today in Thessaloniki, reports MIA.

Dimitrov thanked Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva and Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov for being the country’s chairman of the Union, succeeding in bringing the region back to the EU’s political agenda and making 2018 a year of opportunity.

“At the meeting we have two candidate countries and two member states. I believe that we can not become a truly happy place if the region does not move in the same direction”, said Dimitrov, adding that the current developments are a positive moment for the entire region.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias said at the opening of the meeting that global challenges have boosted intergration in the SEE region.

“Changes that take place in the world lead to the conclusion that we must intensify and deepen the cooperation between the SEE countries,” Kotzias said.

He noted that further deepening and cooperation is especially necessary due to two goals, “FYROM” and Albania to become part of the EU and to provide preparation for their cooperation within the Union.

The topics at the meeting are cross-border cooperation, the European perspective of the Western Balkans, the impact of developments in the Middle East on the region, the opportunities for developing the road infrastructure. Cooperation will also be discussed between the police, the fight against cross-border and organized crime and dealing with migration.

Foriegn Ministers of Macedonia and Greece, Nikola Dimitrov and Nikos Kotzias will have a new bilateral meeting within the ministerial meeting today, reports MIA .

Dimitrov and Kotzias should again meet again next week at an international conference which will be held in Sunni, near Athens.