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The Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov took part today in the think-tank event on “EU Western Balkans Enlargement” organised by the Progress Institute for Social Democracy and the Finnish Kalevi Sorsa Foundation.

 

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Minister Dimitrov spoke at a panel on “Future Scenarios for WB accession to EU” and touched on the expectations of the Republic of North Macedonia for the upcoming period following the disappointing outcome of the EU Council of the EU held in October.  He explained that North Macedonia remains committed to reform efforts and determined to persuade EU member states to reach a consensus to start accession talks with North Macedonia as soon as possible not only in the interest of the country and the region but also in the interest of the EU and the credibility of the European perspective. He also added that in the meantime, any idea that would contribute to a faster start of accession talks between North Macedonia and the EU and would make the negotiations more efficient, fairer, more substantial and credible is welcomed.

FM Dimitrov: "It is vital for our country, but also for the credibility of EU’s assumed commitment to the European perspective of the region, that a decision to start accession negotiations with North Macedonia is made without further delay which will in turn allow for the new methodological approach to be integrated in the harmonization and adoption of the negotiating framework. Candidate countries that meet the requirements and act thoroughly on reforms should go smoothly and quickly through the negotiation process."

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The event is the first attempt to network think-tanks in the Western Balkans to create space where their representatives can share their views and expertise on various topics as well as the good practices of their work. The panel, aside from FM Dimitrov, was also addressed by Anton Ronholm, Special Adviser to Ms Tytti Tuppurainen, Finnish Minister for European Affairs, Florian Bieber, Professor of Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, Austria and Ardita Abazi Imeri of the European Policy Institute.

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