The round of talks at the highest level between VMRO-DPMNE leader Nikola Gruevski and SDSM leader Zoran Zaev with three MEPs and EU Commissioner for accession negotiations Johannes Hahn in Strasbourg has ended.

The statement of the MEPs reads that the efforts of the two party leaders to work on a common agreement in the interest of the citizens and deal with all the challenges arising from the crisis in line with European standards are commendable.

“Both sides agreed to put the interests of citizens first and to keep the commitment to EU integration and democratic processes. Commissioner Hahn welcomed the sincere discussion of contentious issues. They agreed that regular meetings are required,” reads the statement.

The talks lasted more than ten hours and ended around 3:30 am.

The meeting started late afternoon, first with separate meetings of the two delegations with MEPs, and then with Commissioner Hahn and facilitators.

Apart from party leader Nikola Gruevski, Martin Protogje,r Nikola Todorov, Nikola Popovski, Sasho Mijalkov were part of the delegation of VMRO-DPMNE, and MP Vlatko Gjorchev was also present.

The delegation of SDSM was composed of Zoran Zaev, Renata Deskoska and Robert Popovski.

Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski will hold a meeting and address in front of the largest political group of the European Parliament, the European People’s Parties, in which VMRO-DPMNE is a member.