Tag: Bulgaria
Macedonia 02.07.21 | 22:56

Tsipras: Bulgaria needs to understand that within the European family it cannot continue with denying, but with connecting

The EU remains in the position of accession, but also there’s a difficult development, the main reason – Bulgaria. I want to hope that this will change in the coming period. Bulgaria needs to understand that within the European family it cannot continue with denying, but with connecting,...

Macedonia 02.07.21 | 22:09

Zaev: Unfortunately, representatives from Bulgaria didn’t come to Ohrid, it’s not a good message!

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said in Friday’s interview with TV21 that, unfortunately, the Prespa Forum Dialogue was not attended by representatives from neighboring Bulgaria. He believes that it is not a good message. We sent invitations when the organization of the summit started. We had announcements...

Macedonia 02.07.21 | 21:24

I understand Bulgaria’s position towards Macedonia, but a compromise must be found, Jansa tells BNR

Slovenia’s Prime Minister Janez Jansa told Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) that he understood Bulgaria’s position on its veto on the start of Macedonia’s EU negotiations, as it is a member of the bloc, but that a compromise must be found, MIA reports from Sofia. When we are in one family,...

Macedonia 02.07.21 | 15:42

Slovenian Foreign Minister Logar will travel to Sofia to discuss the Bulgarian veto against Macedonia

Slovenian Foreign Minister Anze Logar will travel to Bulgaria as one of his first decisions in the Slovenian Presidency of the EU. Logar said that he will do this to raise the issue of the Bulgarian veto of Macedonia’s EU accession talks. Slovenia is strongly supportive of Macedonia EU accession....

Macedonia 02.07.21 | 15:37

SDSM quickly rejects VMRO-DPMNE’s offer of forming a joint position on the negotiations with Bulgaria

The SDSM party promptly refused the proposed resolution presented today by VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski. In it, Mickoski laid out positions that would be adopted as Macedonia’s red lines in the negotiations with Bulgaria. Mickoski presents the resolution for safeguarding Macedonian...

Macedonia 02.07.21 | 13:02

LIVE: Mickoski presents the resolution to limit the scope of negotiations with Bulgaria

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski is presenting the party’s proposed resolution for drawing clear red lines in the negotiations with Bulgaria. Mickoski warned that the Zaev regime will cause irreparable harm to Macedonia’s national interests with its apparent willingness to accept any...

Macedonia 02.07.21 | 10:35

Osmani confirms that Macedonia is asked to make a statement of non-denial as Bulgaria declares its positions before the EU

Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani confirmed that the idea being reviewed with Bulgaria is that the two countries make separate, side-by-side statements, in which Bulgaria will present its positions, while Macedonia will not oppose them. Osmani insisted that Bulgaria did not fully reject this proposal, put...

Macedonia 02.07.21 | 09:57

VMRO-DPMNE will submit a resolution meant to define the Macedonian positions in the talks with Bulgaria

VMRO-DPMNE will submit a resolution to the Parliament to safeguard Macedonian key national positions in the dispute with Bulgaria. The proposal is meant to be a response to the declaration of the Bulgarian Parliament, which set out a long list of demands Macedonia must meet before joining the EU. These...

Macedonia 27.06.21 | 11:59

Osmani: Bulgaria can block our country 200 times, even over question as whether Vardar river is clean or not

As long as EU enlargement decisions are made by consensus, Bulgaria can block us on any issue. It can even find a reason and block us over question as whether the Vardar river is clean or not, said Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani in an interview with Radio Free Europe. Especially now with the new methodology...

Macedonia 26.06.21 | 23:28

Pendarovski: Bulgaria’s five demands are a marketing ploy – the real obstacle is the Macedonian language and nation

The five demands to Macedonia published by the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry are nothing but a marketing ploy, said President Pendarovski. The real obstacle for progress in the negotiations is the Macedonian language and nation – points on which we cannot make a compromise, said the president in an...

Macedonia 26.06.21 | 17:15

Arsovski: Bulgaria demands complete deprivation of identity, and Zaev has no red lines

Asked to comment on Bulgaria’s requests published by the media, VMRO-DPMNE spokesman Dimce Arsovski said that what Bulgaria demands is complete deprivation of identity. What I can emphasize is that we have seen that the Bulgarian side demands complete deprivation of identity, but at the same time...

Macedonia 25.06.21 | 19:29

Bulgaria’s Foreign Ministry released part of the June 17 agreement: Skopje to drop minority claims, rehabilitate victims of Yugoslav communism…

One of the obligations that the Macedonian side undertook on the 17th of this month in Sofia, envisages Skopje to confirm to the UN as soon as possible that the short and long name of the country refer only to the political entity “Republic of Macedonia”, and not to the geographical region...

Macedonia 23.06.21 | 23:36

Peter Szijjarto asks Bulgaria to allow Macedonia to begin its EU accession talks while the historic dispute is being resolved

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto visited Macedonia today, and issued a call for the opening of the long delayed EU accession talks that can run side by side with the historic negotiations between Macedonia and Bulgaria. Szijjarto confirmed that the mood in Luxembourg yesterday was tense. Bulgaria...

Macedonia 23.06.21 | 17:21

Zaev blames EU for the Bulgarian veto, reveals his latest offer to Bulgaria on the national identity front

Zoran Zaev addressed his latest foreign policy humiliation today. At an event in Skopje, along with Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama whose country was also stood out by the EU, Zaev laid the blame at the feet of the European leaders who promised him open doors if he rams through the name change. The...

Macedonia 23.06.21 | 12:32

Bulgaria wants Macedonia to renounce territorial and minority claims, remove monuments and rehabilitate victims of Communism

After the meeting of European foreign ministers in Luxembourg yesterday, Bulgarian Deputy Foreign Minister Rumen Aleksandrov stated his reasons why his country is vetoing Macedonia. We are open for a constructive dialogue during the Slovenian presidency of the European Council, to find mutually acceptable...

Macedonia 23.06.21 | 09:44

Pendarovski wants to get closer to the US, Dimitrov and Osmani say they will keep pushing for EU membership: regime officials respond to the latest EU veto

Zoran Zaev did not address the latest Bulgarian veto at the European Council, which blocked Macedonia from opening its EU accession talks, but some of his officials did come out yesterday with their comments. President Stevo Pendarovski said that Macedonia should not give up on pursuing EU membership,...

Macedonia 22.06.21 | 12:51

Bulgarian representatives in Brussels are under pressure from Germany, but are not lifting their veto against Macedonia

Foreign affairs ministers of the European Union had a heated debate until noon today, in which Bulgaria refused to budge and lift its veto against Macedonia’s EU accession talks, the MIA news agency is reporting from Brussels. The meeting is an introduction into the European Council, where Macedonia...

Macedonia 20.06.21 | 11:04

Zaev still hasn’t addressed media reports that he offered to declare that the Macedonian and the Bulgarian are the same language

Zoran Zaev has refused to address directly the reports in Bulgarian media outlets, that he was offering a new formula on the Macedonian language – under which it would be declared as the same language as the Bulgarian, just internationally recognized as separate from it. Zaev visited Sofia this...

Macedonia 20.06.21 | 10:02

Bulgarian Justice Minister says he will speed up the issuing of new citizenships, but also criticizes past abuses

Bulgarian interim Justice Minister Janaki Stoilov announced that he will speed up the procedure for applying for Bulgarian citizenship, while also reviewing the activities of the previous conservative Government in this regard. Bulgaria put in place a program for issuing citizenships to Macedonians and...

Macedonia 18.06.21 | 23:02

Despite his failure in Sofia, Zaev insists that he is restoring trust with Bulgaria

Following his visit to Bulgaria, Zoran Zaev issued a video claiming that he is “restoring trust between the Macedonian and the Bulgarian people”. The visit is largely seen as failure, since Zaev was unable to get Bulgaria to lift its veto of Macedonia’s EU accession talks, even after...

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