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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Dimitrov, delivered his address today in Strasbourg at the European Parliament within the 14th meeting of the Joint Parliamentary Committee – Republic of Macedonia and the EU.

 

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The Joint Parliamentary Committee is a forum of inter-parliamentary cooperation envisaged by the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the Republic of Macedonia and the European Union. The last meeting of this body was held in December 2015.

In his speech, Minister Dimitrov reaffirmed the country’s priority in terms of its relations with the EU – opening accession negotiations with the Union, and presented the activities undertaken by the Government towards meeting the EU accession criteria. Special emphasis was placed on the fulfilment of urgent reform priorities.

Minister Dimitrov underlined that the reform processes in the Republic of Macedonia are part of a long-term and far-reaching mission. We are committed to building a stable and prosperous European society with free media, rule of law and a functional system of checks and balances. The purpose of reforms is to enable a fundamental transformation. 

Minister Dimitrov, also, informed the MPs about the initiatives and activities aimed at improving the relations and cooperation with neighbouring countries and building a climate of mutual trust as well as the effort of the Republic of Macedonia to overcome the differences with Greece regarding the name dispute. “This government is committed to building bridges, opening doors, opportunities and perspectives. Our new political context corresponds to the renewed EU interest in the region. We have a chance and we must use it. This is good for us, our immediate neighbourhood, the region as well as Europe”, said Minister Dimitrov.   

While exchanging views with the Greek MEPs, the Minister suggested that the Union itself was founded upon the idea of peaceful conflict resolution and reconciliation. It would be wise for the Balkans to accept this credo.

Minister Dimitrov held several meetings with MEPs who voiced their support for the reform agenda.