Zaev – Danielsson: We have taken bold steps to start EU membership negotiations


Prime Minister Zoran Zaev today met with the Director-General for EU Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Christian Danielsson, who together with EU Ambassador Samuel Žbogar participated at the meeting on the current status of the EU integration process of the country.

The government stated that Zaev and Danielsson had a tête-à-tête meeting, after which a joint meeting was held with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Oliver Spasovski, Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs Bujar Osmani, Justice Minister Renata Deskoska , Minister of Information Society and Administration Damjan Mancevski and Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov.

Zaev emphasized that the support from the European Union, its institutes, EU member states, neighbours and various other leaders was crucial for Macedonia to move firmly ahead and to return on the path towards the European Union and NATO.

“For Macedonia, 2018 was a year of historical significance, when we finally resolved the dispute between the Republic of Macedonia and the Republic of Greece. Parallel to this process, the Government worked hard on the key reform areas put forward by the European Council in June 2018, as a condition for an effective start of the EU membership negotiations in June 2019, namely, reforms in the judiciary, security and intelligence services reforms, fight against crime and corruption and public administration reforms. Macedonia has made remarkable progress and took bold steps. The start of the membership negotiations in June 2019, will send a strong signal to the Western Balkan region that the accession process remains based on merit and results – if the candidate country delivers, then the EU delivers in return,” Zaev said.

Zaev informed that nine chapters of the negotiation process have already been covered and passed through joint explanatory and preparatory meetings with the European Commission, and that this phase provides significant preparation for the negotiations that will follow.

On behalf of the European Commission, Danielsson congratulated Macedonia on the historic agreement with Greece, and said that it remains committed to giving its maximum support to the Republic of Macedonia in the upcoming period in order to achieve what was agreed last year – to start opening the chapters in June this year.

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