Zaev – Tusk: If Macedonia continues at this pace, it can make up for lost time for EU integration

Brussels, 19 December, 2018 - 19:08 (META) 

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, accompanied by Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, started their working visit to Brussels with a meeting with the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk.

At the meeting, it was concluded that the country’s determination to resolve the major political issues with neighbours and bringing reforms in the key areas of the judiciary, security services, public administration, the media, the fight against corruption, has put Macedonia on the right track towards European integration.

“The message is that if Macedonia continues at this pace, if the Prespa Agreement is implemented and if key reform priorities are implemented, it can make up for some of the lost time in the integration process and hope for the start of the negotiations to be in June 2019,” reports the government.

At the meeting with Tusk, Zaev informed that the state is working hard to fully implement the Prespa Agreement and expects equal efforts from Greece.

“We expect, with two-thirds support in Parliament, by the end of January 2019, to adopt constitutional amendments that will complete the process in our country and will enable Greece to begin their process of ratification of the Prespa Agreement and the adoption of the accession protocol to NATO. The process of joining NATO is our main focus in 2019. We are also working hard on key reform priorities, which emerged as a message from the European Council in June 2018 as a condition for an effective start of EU membership negotiations in June 2019. We know that implementation is important in the process and we will do everything to ensure it, especially in the area of the rule of law,” Zaev said.

Zaev is on a working visit to Brussels and is scheduled to a hold aworking lunch with the leaders of the Western Balkan countries and the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.

Mogherini: On September 30, you’re not voting in an election but on your future

Skopje, 14 September, 2018 - 13:33 (META) 

With political leadership, headship, courage and responsibility, you can move forward, said Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission while visiting Skopje’s Old Bazaar, adding that resolving open issues and implementing European values ​​will bring Macedonia into the EU.

Mogherini pointed out that Macedonia has achieved huge results that were unthinkable only a year and a half ago, and that is why the road is open in June to open pre-accession negotiations with the EU.

“My message to the citizens of your country, remember that on September 30th, when you vote, you are the key to the EU. Do not remain silent before your future. You can not miss this opportunity. You are your future. These are not elections, nor anything related to politics. You have to be sure that on October 1st, you’ve made a choice for your future, that is, you have decided on the future of your children,” said Mogherini.

She also met with the President of the Republic, Gjorge Ivanov, who reiterated his position that he supports the Euro-Atlantic integration of Macedonia, but that “the EU and NATO must not be an alibi for a bad deal that raises more issues, than it closes.”

Ivanov, according to his Office, said that “strategic goals must not be abused at the expense of national interests and the interests of the Macedonian people.”

Today, Macedonia face to face with EU foreign ministers

Brussels, 26 June, 2018 - 11:27 (META) 

Today, the EU General Affairs Council in Luxembourg should decide regarding the EC recommendation to start accession negotiations for Macedonia and Albania.

Yesterday, Euro-Commissioner Federica Mogherini called on member states to reward Macedonia’s impressive progress regarding signing the Agreement regarding the name with Greece.

“You know that we recommended opening negotiations with Skopje and Tirane, this process must be based on merit, meaning that when there is progress, it must be recognized and be encouraged and supported. I hope that the member states will make the right decision”, Mogherini said.

Bulgarian Foreign Minister, Ekaterina Zaharieva who will preside at the EU General Affairs Council, stated that after the agreement regarding the name issue with Greece, the Council should give the green light to start accession negotiations with Macedonia.

Once again Mogherini urged EU members to reward the progress of our country

Brussels, 25 June, 2018 - 15:44 (META) 

High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security of the EU, Federica Mogherini, the day before the crucial EU ministers’ meeting when the recommendation to start negotiations with Macedonia should be considered, again she urged member states to reward Macedonia’s progress.

“You know that we recommended opening negotiations with Skopje and Tirane, this process must be based on merit, which means that when there is progress, it must be recognized and be encouraged and supported. I hope that the member states will make the right decision”, Mogherini said.

She said that “the progress is impressive” in the Western Balkan, stating the signing of the name dispute with Greece, as well as the progress in the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina.

Tomorrow, EU foreign ministers with the Council for General Affairs should discuss concerning the enlargement and the April reports of the European Commission for the Western Balkans. The final decision regarding negotiations with Macedonia could still be postponed unless tomorrow ministers reach agreement.

Mogherini, Hahn and Tusk congratulate Zaev and Tsipras for showing leadership and determination

Brussels, 13 June, 2018 - 21:05 (META) 

In a joint statement, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the Commission, Federica Mogherini and EU Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn congratulated the Prime Ministers of Macedonia and Greece, Zoran Zaev and Alexis Tsipras for their determination and leadership in reaching a historic agreement on the name dispute, and said that it is a great day for Europe.

Mogherini and Hahn said that the achievement belongs to the leaders of countries, their teams, but first and foremost, it belongs to all the citizens of both countries and of Europe as a whole.

“Together, we must now make good use of the window of opportunity that has been pushed wide open to accompany and consolidate the winds of peace and cooperation in the entire region.  The European Union perspective of the Western Balkans, reaffirmed recently at the Sofia Summit, remains the most powerful stabilising force for the region, and we have an interest and responsibility to make good use of it. It was also a crucial incentive for this agreement, in the spirit of good neighbourly cooperation. We now look forward to the Council endorsing our recommendation of 17 April to open accession negotiations with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in June. The European Union encouraged and supported the negotiations from their very beginning. We will now accompany the next steps with all our means in the same spirit of dialogue for our common European future”, reads the joint statement.


President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, expressed his sincere congratulations to the two prime ministers on his twitter profile, saying that the two had made the impossible, possible. He shared the same message in English, Macedonian and Greek.


Special rapporteur for Macedonia in European Parliament, Ivo Vajgl, said that it is now crucial that the agreement is supported by the vast majority of political parties and the people of both countries. “With an agreement over the name, the door is now open for Macedonia (the Republic of Northern Macedonia) to receive full membership in the EU and NATO. EU and NATO members should welcome the deal as an opportunity to continue the enlargement process to all the countries of Southeast Europe”, said Vajgl.

Osmani – Mogherini: The next few hours could be crucial to outcome of negotiations

Brussels, 7 June, 2018 - 14:11 (META) 

Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Bujar Osmani together with Economy Minister Kreshnik Bekteshi, paid a working visit to Brussels on a two-day visit, met with High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini.

At the meeting, Osmani informed Mogherini about the new reform “18” plan, with which Macedonia remains still committed to the reform process after receiving the recommendation and the positive report of the European Commission.

“The ” 3-6-9 “plan has created a solid basis and preparation regarding the implementation of the substantive and long-term reforms which aim is to bring our society closer to Europe. “18” plan represents a logical continuation of the Government’s reform agenda for systemic coordination and monitoring the implementation of these reforms until the beginning of the negotiations”, Osmani stressed.

At the meeting, Osmani also said about the progress made in the relations between Macedonia and Greece.

“We have made serious progress, and as never before the two countries have been closer to the solution. The next few hours can be crucial to the outcome of the negotiations, and I hope that the positive solution will create an atmosphere for meaningful relations between Macedonia and Greece, as well as conditions for progress for the Euro-Atlantic perspective of Macedonia”, Osmani said.

Osmani to present “18” plan in Brussels

Brussels, 6 June, 2018 - 17:02 (META) 

Today and tomorrow, Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration Bujar Osmani in Brussels will be presenting to senior representatives of the European Union the intended measures of the new reform plan “18”.

According to his cabinet, at the meetings, all other topics related to the European integration of the country will be open to debate, and in what direction, and expectations will arise from the upcoming European Union Summits at the end of the month.

As part of his visit, Osmani will meet with the senior Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and European Commission Vice President Federica Mogherini, with Dimitris Avramopoulos, Commissioner for Migration and Internal Affairs, as well as with Christian Danielsson, Director General of the Directorate European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations.

Deputy Prime Minister Osmani in Brussels will hold a briefing with representatives of the European Union member states in the COWEB working group, and on the sidelines of the visit will have a speech on the European integration of Macedonia to diplomatic representatives as well as representatives of the civic sector in Brussels, organized by Hans Zaydl Foundation.

Macedonia receives a clear and unconditional recommendation for the start of talks with the EU

Skopje, 17 April, 2018 - 19:35 (META) 

Macedonia received a clear and unconditional recommendation to start talks regarding the country’s membership with the EU, explained EU Ambassador Samuel Žbogar during a press conference at the EU InfoCentre in Skopje, after a live video link with Brussels of the presentation of the European Commission Progress Report on the Western Balkans and Turkey.

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini and European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, explained that the EC recommends that the European Council decide to start accession negotiations with Macedonia and Albania, in light of recent progress achieved, while retaining and deepening the current reform trend.

For Macedonia, it is crucial that further progress be made with the fulfillment of urgent reform priorities, said Mogherini.

“This step forward, made today for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania is a step forward for the entire region of the Western Balkans. Our strategic focus and engagement brings practical progress and benefits all the people in the region. The work surrounding the reforms and modernization must continue, in the interest of partners and the European Union”, said Mogherini at the presentation of the Progress Report.

Meanwhile, Hahn said the new report is recognition of the progress made.

“Our policy of enlarging continues to be the main engine that drives reforms in the Western Balkans. It modernizes the economies and societies of the region, making it more prosperous and more stable, which is of vital interest to the EU. The recommendations for the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Albania that we are giving today, are in recognition of the progress made. This is an important step forward, but it is clear – and this applies to all Western Balkan countries – there are no shortcuts on the road to the EU. There are several big holes left. We need to be aware that reforms, especially in regards to the rule of law, are being implemented more dynamically and that they provide real results. These reforms are not “for Brussels”, but for an effective judiciary, an effective fight against corruption and organized crime, an efficient public administration, a stronger economy will directly contribute to the region and its citizens, as well as Europe as a whole”, stated Hahn.

Osmani, Mogherini meeting: We have delivered the reforms, we now expect a positive report

Brussels, 12 April, 2018 - 17:04 (META) 

Today in Brussels, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Bujar Osmani met with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the Vice President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini.

Osmani’s cabinet informed that at the meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister presented the progress regarding the implementation of plan “3-6-9”, as well as progress in removing other political obstacles on the European integration path for the Republic of Macedonia.

“I come with good news from the Republic of Macedonia. Just as we promised nine months ago, we have delivered on time the reforms in the appropriate period for the Commission’s report, so to positively assess our progress”, Osmani said.

He also told Mogherini that the “3” section of the “3-6-9” plan Government voted with fair and free elections, that strategies and substantive reform laws were drafted in an inclusive procedure, so that relations with neighbors were improved and that it was expected to adopt the final reform laws that require a two-thirds majority.

As regards to the removal of political obstacles, Osmani pointed out the adoption of the Law on Languages as the last segment of the legislative part of the Framework Agreement and he expressed hope that its implementation will build a solid, stable and prosperous multicultural society in the Republic of Macedonia.

The Osmani-Mogherini meeting is being held in the wake of the release of the European Commission’s Report regarding the state and progress of the Republic of Macedonia, which will be released in a week’s time, on 17th of April.

Hahn to Zaev: Continue to work democratically on the commenced reforms

New York, 21 September, 2017 - 16:21 (META) 

Continue to work democratically on the commenced reforms, what you will achieve is important for the prospects of your country and the entire region, EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Johannes Hahn said at the meeting with Prime Minister Zoran Zaev at the 72nd General Assembly of the United Nations in New York.

Hahn assessed the government’s initiatives for good neighborhood and regional cooperation as useful in the process for integrating the entire Western Balkans into the European Union and NATO.

At the meeting, Prime Minister Zaev stressed that the Government is actively focused regarding the realization of the “3-6-9” plan and the activities that are needed to be achieved the Euro-Atlantic goals of the country.

“We will round off the first phase according to the deadline, by the end of September. We have the report from the EU expert, Reinhard Priebe and his suggestions will be taken into account in the second part of the plan that we are already working on. We have been working hard, inclusive, including citizens, civic organizations, political parties, we will make current friendships stronger and build new ones with neighboring countries and internationally. We expect a step forward into the

European integration in the autumn, by removing the conditional of the recommendation, and then we will have a date for negotiations”, Zaev said at a meeting with Han, the government’s press said in a statement.

At the meeting, Zaev and Hahn also discussed the open possibilities for Macedonia’s economic development, through the increased interest of domestic and foreign investors.

After an hour meeting with Hahn, the Prime Minister and the leaders of Western Balkans attended a dinner organized for them by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, at the headquarters of the EU Delegation at UN.