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A panel discussion on “National perspectives at the end of Romania’s and ahead of Finland’s presidency of the Council of the EU” was held today on the premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which was organized by the Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” in cooperation with Romania’s Embassy in Skopje and Finland’s Embassy in Belgrade.

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The event was opened with the introductory speeches of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Dimitrov and Marko Trosanovski, IDSCS’ president, but the Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs Bujar Osmani, Romania’s Ambassador to North Macedonia, Viorel Stănilă, Finnish Ambassador Kimmo Lähdevirta, EU Ambassador Samuel Žbogar, Director of the Directorate for EU within the MFA, Beti Jaceva and Zoran Necev, Head of the Center for EU integration within the IDSCS acting as a moderator, also delivered their addresses.

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In his introductory address, Minister Dimitrov underlined: The stakes for the EU are high, but they are also joint – for the Union itself and the region, for the countries that deliver results. We have lost a generation stuck in the maze of a political dispute. We also achieved a complete U-turn in the right direction. Because now we are aware, more than ever, of the time pressure, of what needs to be done to preserve the hope of the youth and that of all our citizens. Are we ready to become a member today? No. But are we ready to begin the journey of irreversible democratic transformation by opening accession negotiations now? Absolutely. Fully understanding that this is a process where the journey is more important than the destination.”

The results of Romania’s presidency were presented at the event, as well as the priorities of Finland’s Presidency of the Council, its commitments and support for the credible EU perspective of the Western Balkan countries, current developments in the Western Balkan region regarding the EU integration process, as well as the specific achievements of North Macedonia in context of the EU integration process.  The panelists concluded that the Finnish Presidency presents a real and attainable opportunity to attain the long-desired goal – a decision to start accession negotiations with North Macedonia.

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