Tag: accession talks
Macedonia 18.06.21 | 18:45

Kurz called for the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told Zoran Zaev that it is high time for Macedonia to open its EU accession talks, Zaev’s office said in a press release after their meeting in Vienna, at the gathering of Balkan leaders. Kurz reportedly said that this move would intensify the Europeanization...

Macedonia 27.05.21 | 16:34

Mickoski: After all the humiliations, Macedonia deserves unconditional opening of its EU accession talks

Regarding the dispute with Bulgaria and Macedonia’s blocked EU accession prospects, VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski said that Macedonia is the EU candidate country which made the most concessions and deserves unconditional opening of accession talks. This is not something we ask for, as...

Macedonia 06.05.21 | 17:13

G7 Ministers call for opening of EU accession negotiations with Macedonia and Albania

The G7 Foreign Ministers reaffirm shared commitment to the security, economic recovery and European perspective of the Western Balkans countries as a crucial investment for peace and stability and support further progress on regional cooperation especially through the Common Regional Market, Green Agenda...

Macedonia 01.02.21 | 19:15

Kurz will support Macedonia and Albania in opening EU accession talks in the first half of 2021

Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz said that his country will continue to support Macedonia in opening EU accession talks. In an interview with the CorD magazine, Kurz said that this is especially regrettable, as Macedonia is a model candidate. Kurz said that Austria will work so that both Macedonia...

Macedonia 15.05.20 | 23:20

President Pendarovski assures the public that Bulgaria is not seriously thinking about blocking Macedonia’s EU accession talks

President Stevo Pendarovski expressed assurances that Bulgaria will not block Macedonia from opening EU accession talks, despite repeated threats in that regard from top Bulgarian politicians. Bulgaria wants additional concessions in a number of historic and national identity issues before it will allow...

Macedonia 06.04.20 | 14:07

Szijjarto expects that Macedonia will open EU accession talks no later than June

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto, who is in Macedonia to deliver a package of aid to help fight the coronavirus, said that he expects the opening of EU accession talks to occur no later than June. Macedonia finally received the political approval to open accession talks, after years of obstruction...

Macedonia 24.03.20 | 16:31

Varhelyi: Accession talks are approved, the date will come “very quickly”

European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi clarified that the EU member states approved the opening of accession talks with Macedonia and Albania, but that the actual date will come very soon. We on our side as a Commission will speed up our work and we will present very shortly the negotiating...

Macedonia 24.03.20 | 13:47

Reuters: EU set to approve accession talks with Macedonia and Albania but again no specific date

Reuters reports that the European Union member states will approve opening of accession talks with Macedonia and Albania, but the conclusions don’t contain actual dates when this would begin. The European Council is meeting in a video-conference to discuss the coronavirus epidemic, and the enlargement...

Macedonia 19.03.20 | 11:16

Osmani says EU member states approved the opening of accession talks with Macedonia

Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani announced that Macedonia will be given an unconditional approval to open its EU accession talks at the coming teleconference European Council in late March. This is not the first time the Government, including Osmani, have announced this will happen – including...

Macedonia 18.03.20 | 10:10

European Council where Macedonia hopes for an accession talks date will be a video-conference

The European Council summit where Macedonia hopes for another chance to open EU accession talks will be held as a video-conference because of the coronavirus. The two-day summit is planned to begin on March 26. The issue of allowing Macedonia and Albania to open EU accession talks will follow after the...

Macedonia 11.02.20 | 22:37

“With Zaev in charge, Macedonia won’t open EU accession talks in March”

SDSM has no credibility to talk about EU accession and the time spent under Zoran Zaev is lost time, said VMRO-DPMNE Vice President Aleksandar Nikoloski. He warned that Macedonia will not be given a date to open EU accession talks in March and the main problem is the corruption that is emanating from...

Macedonia 04.02.20 | 11:19

Talks may be halted or suspended, pace will depend on implementation of reforms

Brussels has set out plans to streamline the sprawling EU enlargement process and give member states stronger powers to halt or reverse accession talks, in response to concerns in Paris and other capitals, the Financial Times writes. The draft plan, set out in a paper seen by the Financial Times, was...

Macedonia 19.11.19 | 14:00

Germany thinks France’s “non-paper” will slow down the enlargement process

France’s proposal to reform the EU enlargement process, which should be discussed at the General Affairs Council, brings nothing new – it will only slow down the enlargement process, Berlin sources told DW. We are familiar with the French government’s reform proposals on the EU enlargement...

Macedonia 06.11.19 | 09:51

Osmani: EC report showed that we have implemented all the reforms

Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Bujar Osmani believes that the government has not disappointed the citizens by failing to provide a date for the start of EU accession talks, because, as he said Tuesday on TV Alsat “200” talk show, the government has implemented all the necessary...

Macedonia 14.10.19 | 17:22

Pendarovski: It is time for Europe to reward us

I hope that the European Council will give the green light to start accession negotiations with the Union, President Stevo Pendarovski said in a statement for the Greek newspaper “Ethnos”, stressing that such a decision would be worthy and a recognition of the efforts made by the country,...

Macedonia 14.10.19 | 15:49

Macedonian Government pins hopes on Finnish proposal to appease France

Macedonia is preparing for a crucial day tomorrow, when the European Council sits to discuss opening accession talks. European foreign ministers are gathering in Luxembourgh to prepare the European Council, and while their meeting is dominate by Brexit and the Syrian crisis, Macedonia and Albania are...

Macedonia 12.10.19 | 19:52

Mickoski: Zaev will be responsible if Macedonia is not given an EU accession talks date

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski said that if Macedonia is denied the EU accession talks next week, the fault would clearly be on the shoulders of Zoran Zaev. The main issues, Mickoski said, are the major racketeering scandal and the subsequent refusal by Zaev to compromise on the law on state...

Macedonia 03.10.19 | 21:16

Tusk, Juncker, Sassoli and Von der Leyen call for opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia and Albania

Several top EU officials issued a joint letter calling on the EU member states to approve the opening of accession talks with Macedonia and Albania. It is signed by President of the European Parliament David Sassoli, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, her outgoing colleague Jean Claude...

Macedonia 29.09.19 | 23:24

VMRO will urge its EPP sister parties to support the opening of accession talks with Macedonia

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski said that he will send a letter to the European People’s Party to request support from its member parties for Macedonia to open its EU accession talks in October. Mickoski notes that the current SDSM led Government is deeply corrupt, but insists that the...

Macedonia 28.09.19 | 12:23

Osmani says that France and the Netherlands haven’t decided on our EU accession talks yet

Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani, who is in charge of the European integration of Macedonia, said that France and the Netherlands have still not confirmed they will support the opening of accession talks in October. The latest information we have in our talks with the French representatives in Brussels,...

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