Tag: date for negotiations
Macedonia 13.12.19 | 11:12

Pendarovski: Another postponement of EU negotiations may have unpredictable and irreversible consequences

Possible spring postponement of the decision to start Macedonia and Albania membership talks with the EU would be a very serious blow. Repeating a strategic mistake from October could have very deep, unpredictable, and possibly irreparable consequences, President Stevo Pendarovski said in an interview...

Macedonia 13.12.19 | 09:40

Greece is against decoupling, says Macedonia and Albania should get a date in package

The informal working breakfast of EU and Macedonian and Albanian foreign ministers, held in Brussels on Monday, at the initiative of Greece, according to Greek diplomatic sources, took place in a much better climate than previous informal meetings with European ministers in the framework of Greek efforts...

Macedonia 20.11.19 | 10:17

France’s veto destroyed me personally, psychologically, Zaev tells The New York Times

“I am breaking inside,” Zaev said in an interview with The New York Times. Only two months ago, the leader of the small Balkan nation of North Macedonia was riding high, feted by world leaders, praised by the head of United Nations for offering a rare bright spot in an otherwise troubled...

Macedonia 16.11.19 | 17:11

Zaev was warned about the French veto, but decided to go “que sera sera”

Did French President Emmanuel Macron tell the Macedonian delegation what to expect, whether he had lied or been blinded by the date we “received last year” they did not want or could not understand what did the man say? Unfortunately, these dilemmas will remain unanswered, and the facts will...

World 15.11.19 | 21:14

France puts forward new principles for EU enlargement

France has forwarded a so-called “non-paper” to EU member states, requesting a “renewed approach” in the enlargement process towards the Western Balkans. In addition, the European Commission requests that the new methodology in the accession process, which would be applied in...

Macedonia 15.11.19 | 16:20

Zbogar says that until October he also believed in the promises EU gave Macedonia

European Union Ambassador to Macedonia Samuel Zbogar again reiterated to the public that, after the fiasco at the European Council in October, it’s best not to promise deadlines and timeframes regarding the opening of EU accession talks. Speaking in Gostivar, Zbogar said that up until October he...

Macedonia 14.11.19 | 22:04

Pendarovski: We may get a positive decision to start EU talks before May

At the meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Tuesday, I did not get a signal that EU accession talks would start, I did not get guarantee that we would receive a positive decision in the spring. I received some kind of guarantee that the new methodology is underway and will be ready...

Macedonia 14.11.19 | 21:30

Outgoing PM Zaev: Greece will help us get date for start of EU accession negotiations

Greece will help us get a date for start of EU accession talks, and the implementation of the Prespa Agreement will go as planned, outgoing Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said Thursday after meeting with his Greek counterpart Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Thessaloniki. The implementation of the Prespa Agreement...

Macedonia 12.11.19 | 15:56

Vucic: Macedonia to get date for EU negotiations before April elections

After meeting with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Paris, Serbian President Zoran Zaec responding to journalists’ questions said he expected EU membership negotiations with Macedonia and Albania to open in March unless the Zagreb Summit is expected in May. They will do it in March, because...

Balkans 24.10.19 | 14:38

Palmer: EU sending ‘unfortunate message’ to Serbia, Kosovo with snub

The U.S. special envoy to the Western Balkans, Matthew Palmer, said the European Union had sent to Serbia and Kosovo an ‘unfortunate message’, by refusing to open accession negotiations with Macedonia and Albania. Palmer told VOA that the goals of the United States and the EU when it comes...

Macedonia 18.10.19 | 19:33

Prime Minister Zaev runs consultations on the next steps at all levels

Intensive consultations are ongoing following the conclusions of the European Council, Prime Minister Zaev makes decisions based solely on the interests of the citizens and the state. He is running intensive consultations at various levels throughout the day, taking into account the conclusions reached...

Macedonia 18.10.19 | 17:52

Mondoloni: Prespa Agreement was not the only condition set out last year

France is not against, but for opening the negotiations, but we need two conditions to be fulfilled. For North Macedonia one of the issues is Special Prosecutor Office, and for Albania justice reform, these are important issues, Director for Continental Europe at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France Frédéric...

Macedonia 17.10.19 | 11:43

Markel lowers hopes: Chances for date for North Macedonia, Albania not good

Chancellor Angela Merkel has lowered hopes before the start of the EU summit that Macedonia can hope for start of negotiations. Chances for reaching a concensus at the EU Summit to set date for opening negotiations with N. Macedonia and Albania are not good, the German Chancellor acknowledged in her...

Macedonia 17.10.19 | 09:33

Merkel’s “yes” also contains a big “but”

Although all eyes are on French President Emmanuel Macron, who is opposed to setting a date for opening negotiations with Macedonia and Albania, ie the EU enlargement, his opinion is shared by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. At least that is how the German Chancellor’s statement can be interpreted...

Macedonia 16.10.19 | 15:21

Politico: Macron will budge on Macedonia and Albania only if he can get something in exchange

“France was the only country opposing talks with North Macedonia,” Politico cites diplomatic sources. Another diplomat accused Paris of “acting already as if we were in a post-Brexit world where they think they can call all the shots.” According to some diplomats, France will only budge when...

Macedonia 16.10.19 | 13:14

Zaev: I know that reforms are needed, but we are not motivated

If EU leaders reach Thursday or Friday a negative decision to start negotiations, or if they again decide to postpone the decision, our government will be dead, not because we are overwhelmed, the decision is not up to us, but we will lose the majority of parliament, said Prime Minister Zoran Zaev at...

Macedonia 16.10.19 | 09:53

Klekovski: No date? Government resignation and early elections!

Executive Director of the Macedonian Center for International Cooperation, Sasko Klekovski believes that if France’s decision to block opening accession talks with Macedonia remains the same until Friday, early parliamentary elections should be called immediately so that Macedonia does not come...

Macedonia 15.10.19 | 14:27

Will Zaev activate the written guarantees he received from the EU?

Macedonia’s top officials and the public are awaiting the European Council’s decision to open negotiations with Macedonia. Forecasts so far are not optimistic, mostly because of France’s firm stance, which opposes to Macedonia, Albania starting accession negotiations. Expectations are...

Macedonia 15.10.19 | 13:36

Hahn: EU risks losing influence on Balkans

The European Union risks losing its influence in the Western Balkans if it fails to send a clear signal for the start of accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn told Austrian news agency APA. If,...

Macedonia 15.10.19 | 12:08

Zaev: This is unique time, we’re next NATO member and we expect positive decision from EU

This is a unique time for our country, we are the next NATO member, we expect a positive decision from the EU, these are opportunities for even greater economic development and benefits for the citizens, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev wrote on Facebook on Tuesday. I would also like to express my gratitude...

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