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A delegation of the Republic of North Macedonia, led by Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Zernovski took part in the Ministerial Session of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, held today in Helsinki, Finland. This year’s ministerial session is observing the 70th anniversary of the Treaty of London which created the Council of Europe, the home of all European nations gathered around the values ​​of human rights, democracy and the rule of law. Furthermore, the heads of European diplomats are tackling the current political challenges faced by European democracies as well as the Organization itself.

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In his speech, Deputy Minister Zernovski underlined the pan-European dimension of the Council of Europe and the importance of the system of conventions for the protection and promotion of human rights, democratic principles and the rule of law. In addition, the significance of the concept "One Society for All" was emphasized as the Government’s imperative, ensuring inclusiveness and equal treatment of all individuals in the Macedonian society, which is also crucial for the citizens’ trust in institutions and the democratic processes. Special emphasis was placed on reform results in the judiciary, fight against corruption, social protection, the non-governmental sector and the media undertaken for the citizens above all but also as a necessity for the European integration process.

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Deputy Minister Zhernovski held several bilateral meetings with heads of diplomatic missions of several member states, including with the Luxemburg FM Jean Asselborn, Dutch Foreign Minister, Stefan Blok, Greek FM, Georgios Katrougalos, the Norwegian FM, Ine Eriksen Søreide, Belgian FM, Didier Reynders, Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, and the State Secretary of Austria, Andreas Riken.

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The meetings also underlined the importance of opening accession negotiations with the EU as recognition of the achievements in the Macedonian society, but also as an investment for continuing the reforms and for the stability of the Western Balkans region. "We’ve delivered results and therefore we expect the progress to be valorized, as a clear signal for the European future of the entire region," Deputy FM Zernovski noted during the meetings.

Interlocutors stressed that the Republic of North Macedonia is the good news for the entire region and the EU, and an example that solutions are possible for even the most delicate open issues through visionary leadership and a clear European perspective.

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