In a telephone conversation with German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev expressed gratitude for the increased engagement during the German Presidency, for the personal involvement of the Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, the Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth, as well as Chancellor Merkel’s personal engagement.

During the conversation, Prime Minister Zaev pointed out that Germany has done a lot for the European future of the Western Balkans, notably trough the Berlin Process, which this year is co-chaired by Bulgaria and Macedonia.

In the telephone conversation, Chancellor Merkel and Prime Minister Zaev shared the mutual interest and the same goal of both countries to hold the first intergovernmental conference in December and launch Macedonia’s EU accession negotiations during the German Presidency.

Prime Minister Zaev underlined that this is an opportunity that should not be missed and that the intensive engagement of the parties involved creates opportunities to achieve the common goal – holding the intergovernmental conference for the start of the negotiations.