Tag: accession talks
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,...

Macedonia 21.09.19 | 18:08

Osmani is not sure that Macedonia will receive date for EU accession talks in October

We have met all the conditions, we expect a date for negotiations with the EU, and therefore the European Union will fulfill its part in October and will start negotiations with our country for full fledged membership in the Union, Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Bujar Osmani said on Saturday. The...

Macedonia 19.09.19 | 15:29

Germany will give the green light for accession talks date

Germany will support Macedonia and approve a date for opening EU accession talks. This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani after meeting with Minister of State for Europe at the German Federal Foreign Office, Michael Roth. Osmani received confirmation from Roth that the German...

Macedonia 14.09.19 | 11:31

Zaev believes that the racketeering scandal actually improved Macedonia’s image in the EU

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev insisted that the racketeering scandal, which brought down Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva and is expanding toward top Government officials, is actually a positive development for Macedonia regarding its hope to open EU accession talks. As Prime Minister I frequently meet with...

Macedonia 21.06.19 | 13:53

Merkel promises to use all her political weight to ensure Macedonia opens accession talks in October

German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised to work for a positive decision so that Macedonia can open accession talks with the European Union in October. Merkel was asked about Macedonia’s prospects in Brussels, when European leaders refused Macedonia’s request to open accession talks this...

Macedonia 19.06.19 | 16:01

Nikoloski calls for resignations after the failure in Luxembourg

VMRO-DPMNE deputy leader Aleksandar Nikoloski called on the key officials of the Zaev Government to resign after the failure of their push for an EU accession date during the Luxembourg meeting of European foreign ministers. The way things are going, we will get to next year’s June and won’t...

Macedonia 18.06.19 | 20:36

Zaev is satisfied with the praise he received, insists accession talks will be approved in October

Following the decision of European ministers not to open accession talks with Macedonia during the summer and to postpone the discussion for October, Zoran Zaev insisted that this is still a “full recognition” of his efforts. While the outcome was lacking, Zaev insisted that the words of...

Macedonia 18.06.19 | 11:23

EU ministers continue their discussion on Macedonia’s request to open accession talks

European foreign ministers continue meeting in Luxembourg, where the possibility of opening EU accession talks for Macedonia is one of the issues at the agenda. No agreement was made on Monday. France and the Netherlands are seen as the most vocal opponents, while Germany already announced it can make...

Macedonia 15.06.19 | 15:28

French Ambassador asks Macedonia to do more work in the coming months

French Ambassador to Macedonia Christian Thimonier could not say whether or when France would approve a date for opening of accession talks after the failure to secure it in June and said that some more work needs to be done in the coming months. He specified that some good news could be expected by...

Macedonia 13.06.19 | 19:48

VMRO calls on Zaev to resign after his failure to open EU accession talks in June

After the meeting in Berlin confirmed that Macedonia will not open EU accession talks in June, the date Zaev promised is cast in stone a year ago, VMRO-DPMNE called on him to resign. Zoran Zaev and his associates celebrated the June date for accession talks while flying back from the European summit...

Macedonia 07.06.19 | 15:55

Zaev: EU will give us a date in June or July, information that Merkel is against that is old

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said that the information that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is against giving Macedonia a date for EU accession talks is old and he expects that in June or July we will get a date for EU accession talks. We talked with MPs from the parliamentary majority and they themselves...

Macedonia 07.06.19 | 13:34

Süddeutsche Zeitung: Merkel against date for ‘North Macedonia’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said no to the European Commission’s desire to give North Macedonia a date for opening EU accession negotiations, the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” newspaper writes, Deutsche Welle in Macedonian reported. Citing its own unnamed sources, the German newspaper “Süddeutsche...

Macedonia 05.06.19 | 17:05

Zaev: Germans fear my friend Edi Rama could initiate unification with Kosovo, I do not believe in those things

The European Commission’s report on North Macedonia is the most positive so far and says that everyone, without exception, agrees that the country should start accession negotiations, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev in Brussels, adding that his government made significant efforts and took great...

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