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The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Andrej Zernovski, delivered his address today at the 17th EU-North Macedonia Joint Parliamentary Committee in Strasbourg. This parliamentary body has always been a strong supporter of the EU integration processes of the Republic of North Macedonia and has contributed to the development of cooperation between the Assembly and the European Parliament.

 

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Thanking the members of the Committee, Deputy FM Zernovski noted that we are proud of our achievements and of the perspectives we have opened for the Republic of North Macedonia. We are aware that a lot of work lies ahead, but the success achieved thus far is a guarantee that we will succeed in meeting our strategic goals.

Addressing the representatives of the European Parliament, the MPs of the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia and the other representatives of the European institutions, Deputy FM Zernovski stated that in the past year the Republic of North Macedonia has successfully made visible progress in meeting its strategic goals, namely NATO and EU membership.

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“We expect valorization of what has been achieved. We are more than ready for accession talks with the EU. We welcome the debate on a new enlargement methodology with an open mind; we support greater scrutiny and oversight of the implementation of reforms. However this process can and must take place simultaneously with the opening of negotiations”, Deputy Minister Zernovski said.

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As part of the visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Zernovski had several meetings with MEPs from all political groups: Ilhan Kyuchuk (OE, Bulgaria), who is rapporteur for our country in the European Parliament, Tonino Picula (SD, Croatia), Irena Joveva (OU, Slovenia), Stelios Kouloglou (European United Left, Greece) and Zeljana Zovko (EPP, Croatia).

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The recommendations that the MEPs, together with the MPs of the Assembly of the Republic of North Macedonia, will adopt tomorrow, note the significant progress that the country has made in the reform process. It regrettably ascertains the inability of member states to reach a unanimous decision to start negotiations with the Republic of North Macedonia and calls on them to show responsibility towards our country by making a positive decision no later than next March.