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MEPs Kyuchyuk and Schieder: Postponing North Macedonia’s accession talks sends a wrong signal to the region

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MEPs Ilhan Kyuchyuk and Andreas Schieder warned the EU that the “postponement of North Macedonia’s accession talks might undermine intercultural cohesion and the recent progress in the region”.

The rapporteur of North Macedonia in the European Parliament Ilhan Kyuchyuk and the chair of the Delegation to the EU-North Macedonia Joint Parliamentary Committee, Andreas Schieder were against the expected approach of the member state leaders towards the integration process.

“The failure of the ministers of European affairs to approve the negotiating framework for North Macedonia, hence delaying the EU accession talks, jeopardizes the credibility of the union in the Western Balkans. Giving priority to one-sided interests over a common European solution and the lack of political will to overcome divisions sends the wrong message to our [Western Balkan] partners. Now is the time to work on this impasse towards a common future,” the two MEPs said in a statement.

Bulgaria has become an obstacle to North Macedonia’s integration process.

Bulgaria’s veto the North Macedonia’s membership has brought the integration process to a halt, even though the country has fulfilled all the criteria.

Despite the efforts of some member states to push North Macedonia and Bulgaria into reaching compromise, the latter disagreed and requested Skopje to review its history.

“We acknowledge the progress made by Skopje over fundamental democratic and economic reforms and call on all parties to continue through a constructive dialogue based on good neighbourly relations and enforcement of the Treaty of Friendship, in line with a predictable, objective and merit-based membership in the EU. Having the first Intergovernmental Conference by the end of 2020 would be a clear result of such a dialogue”, added the two MEPs.

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