Osmani – Schallenberg video meeting

25 September 2020

 

Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani today had a video meeting with the Federal Minister for European and International Affairs of Austria, Alexander Schallenberg. On this occasion, Schallenberg extended congratulations to Osmani and wished him success in his new position.

“For us, Austria’s interest as an immediate neighbour of the Western Balkan region is of special importance, particularly the key role that your country played during the Austrian chairmanship with the EU, a period when this country made a serious step forward in its European integration. In this stage of the integration as well we are grateful for the principled views that you have for the European perspective of the country”, Osmani said, emphasising the expected support from Austria for the European perspectives of the Republic of North Macedonia in the upcoming period, especially in the context of European dynamism in the enlargement process during the German chairmanship.

“Our expectations from the German chairmanship are high, and the Government is actively working on finalisation of the negotiating structure, as key preparation for quality start of the negotiations this year”, Osmani emphasised.

The two ministers agreed that the continuation of the EU enlargement policy will be a positive signal for the whole region and its European perspective, and at the same time it will create an atmosphere of deepening friendly relations with our neighbours and intensification of regional cooperation.

Osmani briefed Schallenberg on the expectations from the ambitious agenda for the upcoming Sofia Summit within the framework of the Berlin Process that will bring significant tangible benefits for the region: the economic and investment programme of the EC for the Western Balkans, the new generation of the regional common market as well as an initiative for reaching a regional agreement for free travel using personal ID cards. The interlocutors also exchanged opinions about migration issues and economic cooperation and the great potential for its further broadening.