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The Portuguese Presidency with the EU will commit to start negotiations with Macedonia

The Portuguese Presidency with the European Union considers the enlargement process as an important issue and will do everything in its power to intensify the dialogue for the harmonization of the Negotiating Framework and to formally start the accession negotiations between Northern Macedonia.

This was conveyed to the Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Nikola Dimitrov and Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani, by Augusto Santos Silva, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal, chair of the EU Council, at last night’s meeting in Brussels.

The program and priorities of the Portuguese presidency were discussed at the meeting, with emphasis on the expectations for the enlargement process in the coming period. The European dossier of Northern Macedonia was also opened at the meeting, for which both sides exchanged views on possible next steps to be implemented under the Portuguese EU presidency.

Dimitrov and Osmani were unanimous during the conversation that the European integration process must receive increased attention, especially in the case of Northern Macedonia, which since March last year has a consensual decision by all member states to start negotiations. They stressed the country’s commitment to the reform process, stressing that the country’s clear perspective as a future full EU member represents a stronger impetus for the continuation of the reform process and the inclusion of European values ​​in the country.

Silva stressed the priorities of the Portuguese Presidency which are aimed at a social, digital and green Europe; with the reinforced confidence of its citizens in the European social model; promoting the Union based on the common values ​​of solidarity, transformation and cohesion – Union capable of coordinated action to recover from the crisis caused by KOVID-19. In addition to these priorities, Silva stressed that for the Portuguese Presidency, the enlargement process is an important issue and that within the framework of their competencies they will do everything in their power to intensify the dialogue for the harmonization of the Negotiation Framework and to formally start membership negotiations between Northern Macedonia and the EU.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of yesterday’s EU Foreign Affairs Council, which was attended by the Foreign Ministers of the member states.

Within the second day of the visit, Dimitrov and Osmani are scheduled to meet with the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, as well as the Vice President of the European Commission, Josep Borel, with the EU Special Representative. Miroslav Lajçak, as well as with representatives of the EC Directorate-General for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations.

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