EU Enlargement officials told TV24 that the Commission remaisn dedicated to seeing Macedonia and Albania open their EU accession talks as soon as possible. The statement was given after Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi met with Macedonian Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani in Brussels.

Osmani also met with the Bulgarian caretaker Foreign Minister Svetlan Stoev, to discuss the historic dispute between the two countries over which Bulgaria is blocking Macedonia’s accession talks.

The Zaev Government is barely holding on in Parliament and continues to promise that it will be able to negotiate a deal with Bulgaria in December, even though elections there only just finished and a process of forming a coalition still hasn’t begun. Never the less, Osmani insisted that he is not losing hope and that there is a chance in December.