During his two-day visit to Brussels, Minister Osmani also met with MEP Andrey Kovachev, who is also a member of AFET and a Vice-Chair of the EPP. During the talk, Osmani said that the Republic of North Macedonia is fully committed to promotion of good neighbourly relations with Bulgaria through the implementation of all articles of the bilateral Treaty o Friendship, Good-neighbourliness, and Cooperation based on mutual respect. “Our policy is aimed at building friendship and in line with fostering European values”, emphasized Osmani.
The meeting reaffirmed the positions of our country that a particularly important and complicated process of common growth was initiated with the Republic of Bulgaria. “The stakes are high for both sides and the expectation is that mutual understanding will prevail and we will continue on the path of becoming closer and building a partnership through mutual respect, as two neighbouring European countries.
The Republic of Bulgaria has supported the European integration of the Republic of North Macedonia so far and we expect for that support to continue in the future. For us the Bulgarian Presidency with the Council of the EU in 2018 was of particular importance, when the EU enlargement was put back as a priority on the EU agenda, and therefore the continuity of this successful and common story has to continue with the adoption of the Negotiating framework and the holding of the first Intergovernmental Conference with the EU.
Another focus of the meeting was the joint presidency with the Berlin Process, whereupon it was jointly underlined that together with our neighbor we foster professional and fruitful cooperation in the management of the agenda of the joint presidency with the Berlin Process, in conditions of a pandemic. This clearly shows that we can practice partnership relations and we can foster a European approach to mutual communication and functioning. The joint presidency of Bulgaria and North Macedonia with the Berlin Process, that is, an EU member state and a candidate country will set an example and provide a model for deepening of the European cooperation and future of the region.
The interlocutors concluded that the Joint multidisciplinary commission on historical and educational matters should continue its work aimed at achieving progress “We are building bridges of cooperation that lead to greater trust and common success. This is the aim of the Treaty between the two countries itself, of the framework we have agreed upon – historical issues to be discussed by expert commissions, while,at the same time, we maintain unobstructed political, economic, cultural and social cooperation”, Osmani concluded.