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At the invitation of EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and the Foreign Minister of Finland, Pekka Haavisto (acting as the country presiding over the Council of the EU), the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia, Nikola Dimitrov took part yesterday and today in Helsinki in the informal meeting of foreign affairs ministers of EU member states and candidate countries.


Discussions at the meeting focused on regional cooperation and issues of common interest for the European Union and Western Balkan countries.

On this occasion, FM Dimitrov noted: “In view of our European expectations this October, despite certain challenges and imperfections, what we have achieved in the past two years undoubtedly deserves a conclusive validation from our European friends. Moreover, I would like to emphasize once again that our European story began long ago and I believe you will all agree that the time has come for the next step towards a deepened European path, leading to the completion of Europe. And none of us here has the luxury of allowing ourselves to become the collateral damage of any other issue that is out of our hands”.

Изјава на МНР Димитров

The meeting was followed by a working lunch where the ministers discussed topics related to the promotion and protection of human rights defenders as well as the challenges they face around the world.

On the sidelines of the informal meeting Gymnich, FM Nikola Dimitrov had his first meeting with his Greek counterpart, Nikos Dendias, where talks focused on the implementation of the Prespa Agreement.

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Minister Dimitrov also met and talked briefly with the ministers of: Slovakia, Miroslav Lajčák, France, Jean-Yves Le Drian, Ireland, Simon Coveney, Romania, Ramona Mănescu, Bulgaria, Ekaterina Zakharieva, Croatia, Gordan Grlic Radman, Luxembourg, Jean Asselborn, Austria, Alexander Schallenberg, the Czech Republic, Tomáš Petříček as well as with Finnish host, Pekka Haavisto.

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МНР Димитров МНР на Бугарија

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During talks, Minister Dimitrov placed the main emphasis on securing support for a positive decision to start accession negotiations with North Macedonia by the Council of the EU this October.

The productive participation in the informal meeting of foreign affairs ministers of EU member states and candidate countries was concluded with the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of North Macedonia and the Republic of Cyprus.