Tag: accession negotiations
Macedonia 09.02.21 | 17:18

Várhelyi: We hope accession talks with Macedonia will be unblocked soon

EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi fell short of confirming if he had submitted a proposal on settling the Skopje-Sofia dispute. As MIA’s correspondent in Brussels reported, Várhelyi briefly commented at Tuesday’s press conference dedicated to the EU’s...

Macedonia 17.11.20 | 13:48

There’s Prespa Agreement, but no negotiations: Zaev and Dimitrov prematurely renamed documents and institutions into “North”

Bulgaria’s veto on the start of Macedonia’s EU negotiations is largely related to the implementation of the agreement with Greece in the part with the opening of the chapters. At the moment when it is clear that there are no negotiations, and there will not be in the near future, Zaev and...

Macedonia 15.09.20 | 19:08

Bulgaria starts blocking Macedonia’s accession negotiations with the EU

Bulgaria is blocking Macedonia as part of negotiations on a draft negotiating framework being discussed at EU Council’s Working Party on Enlargement and Countries Negotiating Accession to the Union, a working group of the EU Enlargement Council and countries negotiating accession. Bulgarian sources...

World 23.01.20 | 11:56

We changed our name, but we will not see Europe – ESI predicts that Western Balkan countries will not join EU before 2030!

If the methodology and pace of the process do not change, no Western Balkan country will join the Union before 2030, according to the latest study of the European Stability Initiative (ESI). The document quotes a 2010 statement by former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer. Asked what “shape”...

Macedonia 22.11.19 | 18:40

Vucic: I told Zaev that there would be no negotiations, he looked at me as if I was “out of my mind” and said “They promised me”!

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic at a press conference with Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski, who paid his first official visit to Belgrade on Friday, said he did not want the EU to continue to treat the countries of the region as puppets. Asked what the French non-paper might mean for Serbia...

Macedonia 24.10.19 | 11:50

Hahn: Frankly speaking after the decision of the EU Council, we are helpless

Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn again sharply criticized France’s negative stance and the European leaders’ refusal to make a decision to start accession negotiations with Macedonia and Albania, saying the consequences for both countries and the region could be disastrous. Hahn said...

Macedonia 19.10.19 | 11:24

US State Department disappointed over EU’s decision not to open accession negotiations with Macedonia, Albania

The U.S. State Department expressed disappointment at the EU’s failure to move forward on membership talks with Macedonia and Albania. The United States supports North Macedonia and Albania’s commitment to Transatlantic integration and aspiration to join the European Union. We are disappointed...

Macedonia 17.10.19 | 10:28

Tsipras to Juncker: It’s matter of international credibility for EU to decide to start accession negotiations with North Macedonia

It is a matter of international credibility for the EU to decide on the Summit to set a date for the start of accession negotiations with North Macedonia, former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at their meeting in Brussels on Wednesday, according...

Macedonia 19.09.19 | 11:17

Palmer: We expect EU to decide in October to start negotiations with Macedonia

The U.S. is very hopeful that Macedonia will get the opening of the accession negotiations following the European Council meeting on Oct. 16, the newly appointed US special representative for Western Balkans Matthew Palmer said in an interview with VOA. The European Commission has recommended the...

Macedonia 11.07.19 | 14:49

Thomas Schieb: Date of EU accession negotiations to be known soon

Thomas Schieb, German Ambassador to Serbia, hopes that the date for the start of Macedonia’s EU accession negotiations will be known very soon. Due to the intense coordination, between the others and in Germany, the decision on the date for the start the accession negotiations is prolonged until...

Macedonia 06.06.19 | 10:16

Palmer: If the EU does not set a date for accession negotiations in June, it will be in July or October

If the European Union does not set a date for accession talks in June, it will happen in July or October, said Matthew Palmer, US Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia in an interview with VOA. I know that there are certain problems related to the decision-making time in the Bundestag....

Macedonia 05.06.19 | 16:51

The name change was not a condition for enlargement, but only for NATO membership

EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini said last week that the EU now faces North Macedonia, which resolved the name dispute with Greece. But the Austrian “Die Presse” newspaper writes, citing a European diplomat, that that argument is weak. The name change...

Macedonia 05.06.19 | 16:27

If the government collapses, then why should I do the reshuffle?

Asked by MIA about the announced government’s reshuffle after the presidential election, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev stressed that will also greatly depend on the EU’s decision on the accession negotiations. Zaev warns the EU that his Government may collapse if accession talks don’t...

Macedonia 01.03.19 | 12:59

Nikoloski warns that Macedonia will not get a date for starting accession negotiations with the EU this year

VMRO-DPMNE’s Vice President Aleksandar Nikoloski was first to warn that Macedonia will not get a date for starting accession negotiations with the EU in 2019. In his column for “Nezavisen vesnik” entitled “With Zaev and Dimitrov, the EU is just a distant dream”,  he said...

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