Tag: date for negotiations
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...

Macedonia 15.10.19 | 11:33

French State Secretary ahead of EU Council meeting: We will discuss two dimensions – opening negotiations and reform of negotiation process

Today I am not here to defend the position of a veto. We will discuss two dimensions – opening of accession negotiations by a prepared Europe and a reform of the negotiations process, French State Secretary for European Affairs Amelie de Montchalin said ahead of the General Affairs Council on...

Macedonia 15.10.19 | 10:39

Tuppurainen: Europe has commitments to Western Balkans

The Finnish Presidency is fully committed to the enlargement process and we expect to have a signal to the Western Balkans, what Europe is going to do regarding North Macedonia and Albania, because we have commitments, said Finland’s Foreign Minister Tytti Tuppurainen ahead of the General Affairs...

Macedonia 14.10.19 | 22:46

No good news from Luxembourg: France’s position remains unchanged

No progress has been made in the EU member states’ positions on opening negotiations with Albania and Macedonia after Monday’s ambassadorial meeting in Luxembourg. France’s position remains unchanged regarding the negotiations with Tirana and Skopje. Paris considers that more time is...

Macedonia 14.10.19 | 22:06

Osmani to travel to Luxembourg and Brussels ahead of decision on date for opening EU talks

Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs Bujar Osmani will travel to Luxembourg and Brussels tomorrow for the last consultations and talks with representatives of the European Union and EU member states, ahead of the General Affairs Council configuration (GAC) where the decision to start negotiations...

Macedonia 14.10.19 | 20:53

Zaev on date for EU negotiations: France and Germany to discuss Macedonia on Wednesday

France and Germany have begun and will continue to talk, and according to my information, the governments of Germany and France will have a joint meeting, probably on Wednesday, Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said, commenting on the environment ahead of the Council of Europe summit. I remain strongly...

Macedonia 14.10.19 | 18:35

Nikola Poposki: We do not decide on date, but 27 or 28 member states, as Britain is still part of EU

Former Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki thinks that we do not decide on the date but the 27 or 28 member states, as Britain is still part of the EU. We will become EU members when we get so close to European standards that it will not matter for them whether we have joined the EU or not. And I think it...

Macedonia 10.10.19 | 11:01

No progress in French position on negotiations with Macedonia

Wednesday’s meeting of the ambassadors of EU member states did not bring any progress in France’s position on starting negotiations with Macedonia and Albania, French diplomatic sources told MIA. We do not expect a shift at the ministerial meeting in Luxembourg at the earliest, nothing has...

Macedonia 09.10.19 | 15:23

Thimonier: We are closely monitoring the situation in North Macedonia

France, like other EU member states, looks at the region’s road towards the Union from a regional perspective. In this regional context, it is clear that there are differences between countries. And there is one general problem, and that is the problem with the rule of law, said French ambassador...

Macedonia 07.10.19 | 22:46

Thimonier: EU does not need more countries held hostage by dozen families

French Ambassador Christian Thimonier said in an interview with “Portalb” that the implementation of reforms in Macedonia will be monitored until the very day when it will be decided whether to start EU accession talks and that its country’s position is that the EU should no longer...

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