The Mayor of Kumanovo Maksim Dimitrievski, together with 25 Macedonian mayors and the Minister of Local Self-Government Goran Milevski, paid a working visit to the municipality of Sandanski in Bulgaria these two days where they discussed with the mayors of Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov the new IPA cross-border cooperation program between the two countries, funded by the European Union.

Dimitrievski welcomed the initiative and efforts of Prime Ministers Petkov and Kovacevski to overcome the unilateral dispute between the two governments and wished success, but without violation of any national or state interests of the parties.

Dimitrievski said that this forum is attended by mayors from both sides who are real implementers of friendly policies, because they implement joint projects with funds from the European Union in both countries.

At the conference itself, many of the hosts addressed me with the words “brotherly nations and states.” If so, then the brotherly nations and states do not block, but support each other and I believe that you will have that in mind in the further aspirations of Macedonia in EU membership. On this comment, Petkov agreed with what was said, mentioned that he knows that our Prime Minister is from Kumanovo, accepted the position and said that they work together with Kovacevski to bring relations closer and resolve open issues, said Dimitrievski.