We share the disappointment due to the impossibility for North Macedonia to take the deserved step ahead. We will continue our shared efforts to achieve this goal in the decisive period ahead of us. In parallel, focus must be paid to EU by conducting reforms at home, stated Michael Roth the Minister of State during today’s meeting in Berlin with the Head of the Macedonian diplomacy Nikola Dimitrov, informs the Macedonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

During the meeting there were talks about the current situation in the country and the Western Balkans including the EU discussions about the new methodology for accession negotiations and the building of a consensus among the member countries for decision for starting the negotiations.

-In the last year and a half on several occasions we were exceptionally close to achieving success and valorisation of the joint efforts for opening EU negotiations with North Macedonia. Should we want to give further encouragement to the reform process and to avoid undermining the significant achievements made by the country while keeping the credibility and influence of EU in the region, it is necessary to grasp the first occasion for adoption of the long-expected and well-deserved decision – said the Macedonian Foreign Affairs Minister.

Dimitrov has also met withJan Hecker, Foreign Policy Adviser to Chancellor Angela Merkel. During the meeting the unambiguous support of the office of Chancellor Merkel was underlined for opening accession negotiations with North Macedonia.

MFA Dimitrov’s visit to Berlin will continue tomorrow where he will participate at the Second High Level Meeting of Franco-German Initiative on Small Arms and Light Weapons in the Western Balkan and will have several meetings on the margins of the Conference. At the same time, the Minister will have a working lunch hosted by the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.