It is better not to expect a positive outcome so that we don’t get disappointed, but we must resume our efforts, says Deputy PM for European Affairs Nikola Dimitrov on expectations and announcements for unblocking the start of Macedonia’s EU accession negotiations at the General Affairs Council (GAC) in December.

The form, the holding of the Council is less important. If we manage to reach a dignified, European solution, because the issue has started to hurt so much everywhere, that everyone, including the Slovenian presidency, will probably have the will to schedule an extraordinary GAC. We must not, after all the experience we have, tie ourselves to dates. I think that the signals from Sofia indicate that they expect a process in bilateral relations that will help close the issue step by step. Their parliament will obviously still have a role with them, such are the announcements, Dimitrov said in an interview with TV Klan Makedonija.

According to Dimitrov, it is now important to hold a meeting with the new government in Sofia, which will give further directions for overcoming the bilateral dispute.