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The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia, Nikola Dimitrov continued his working visit to Berlin with taking part in an event co-organized by the parliamentary groups of the Greens and the German section of the Union of European Federalists, whose members include MPs of four political parties – CDU/CSU, Social-Democrats, Greens and Liberals.

As the keynote speaker on “Western Balkans after resolving the name dispute: achievements, challenges and perspectives”, FM Dimitrov addressed the attending MPs, representatives of the Government, the diplomatic corps, the media, the NGO sector and other guests, noting the experiences from resolving the dispute with Greece and the challenges stemming from the further implementation of the Prespa Agreement while underlining the importance and benefits of the Agreement for the country and the region. In that sense, Minister Dimitrov stressed that the Agreement is good news for the entire region and the EU, as well as an example that solutions are possible for even the most delicate open issues through visionary leadership and a clear European perspective. The recognition and strengthening of the benefits of the Agreement, along with the results of domestic reforms will be a valorization of the merit and conditionality system and a clear signal for the European future of the entire region.

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In this context, FM Dimitrov underlined: “In spite of the difficult political situation in Europe today, the forthcoming European elections and all relating issues, we simply don’t have the luxury of failing to create success stories. Today, my country, North Macedonia, is a success story that needs to be encouraged and supported if we want to make a difference. The greatest lesson learned from this is that we actually can make a difference. None of this, neither the reconciliation nor the Prespa Agreement, was inevitable. On the contrary, it happened because we made it happen, with the leadership in Athens.”

Speaking of the need to maintain an attainable European perspective and an active European engagement in the region, FM Dimitrov said: “I honestly believe that committed engagement with our region, recognizing progress and rewarding progress is not only the right thing to do, but is also less costly. Lack of engagement would probably be far more expensive. We’ve seen this during the migration crisis in 2015/6 and we’ve seen the importance of the Western Balkans for the security of the European Union. I think the future of the region is European and there is no alternative strategy. Although the lion’s share of the work is on our own shoulders at home, we all have to sincerely and openly think about what we want to do with this region. If we want to make the countries in the region European, governed by rule of law, with functional checks and balances and better economies, then the accession process is the only way.”

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The working day in Berlin also included meetings between FM Dimitrov and an MP of SPD and a member of the Bundestag Foreign Affairs Committee, Josip Juratovic, Chancellor Merkel’s Advisor on European Affairs, Uwe Corsepius and the Special Envoy for Southeast Europe, Turkey and the EFTA countries at the German MFA, Christian Helbach. During talks with his German interlocutors, FM Dimitrov presented the progress of the Republic of North Macedonia, reaffirming the arguments and the country’s readiness to open accession negotiations with the EU by this year’s end, underlining the importance of Germany’s support in this process.

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