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The Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov met today with Oliver Varhelyi, European Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations who’s paying his first official visit to the Republic of North Macedonia, which is also his first visit abroad since assuming office.

 

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The visit comes at a crucial juncture when the new composition of the European Commission officially assumes office and is expected by the end of January to announce a proposal for a revised methodology of accession negotiations. FM Dimitrov voiced gratitude for the statements of EC President Ursula von der Leyen and EU Commissioner Varhelyi pointing out that North Macedonia has met the conditions and that the decision to start accession negotiations should be made without further delay.

Minister Dimitrov said that we have an interest in having the draft methodology published as soon as possible and we hope that this will clear up all the dilemmas and will satisfactorily reflect the demands of all member states to revive and strengthen the enlargement process. Although on the eve of the pre-election period and operating in a technical capacity, the Government will do everything in its power to deliver additional results in terms of implementing reforms with the EU benchmark.

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FM Dimitrov: “Making the decision to start negotiations is crucial. North Macedonia has done everything that was expected in order to receive a well-deserved positive decision. During this preceding period the changes in the country are clearly visible, although we still have challenges to tackle diligently. The start of negotiations will contribute to valorising the results achieved so far, but will also provide impetus for further substantive reforms. We believe that with our current EU experience we have achieved a high level of readiness and alignment with EU legislation. North Macedonia does not shy away from tasks and more rigorous scrutiny. On the contrary, the country is eager to begin proving itself and does not mind stopping the process in the event of reform setbacks. We will work closely with Commissioner Varhelyi on the next steps and together we agreed to introduce greater dynamics in mutual exchanges to achieve the common goal which is also our mutual success”.