Bulgaria cannot support the holding of the first intergovernmental conference with Macedonia, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry told BGNES, after the winning party in the elections in Bulgaria, “We continue the change” sent positive signals about the possibility of lifting the blockade on the country’s European integration.

The current project for the negotiating framework for Macedonia’s entry into the EU does not contain the proposals of the Bulgarian side and it follows that Bulgaria cannot support the conference, says the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry, adding that the Interim Minister of Foreign Affairs Svetlan Stoev met today with ambassadors of EU member states and informed them about the open issues with our country.

There is no progress in the implementation of the Good Neighborly Agreement, Stoev said at the meeting, noting that the Bulgarian side still expects concrete steps from the Macedonian side, such as renouncing territorial and minority claims, halting hate speech against Bulgaria, changing “textbooks in Macedonia that will reflect our common history and guarantee the rights of citizens with Bulgarian self-awareness, reads the statement of the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry.