Tag: eu
Balkans 15.12.19 | 12:23

Borissov: Countries that want to join the EU or NATO to show more wisdom and carefully consider their actions

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov hopes that Macedonia, once it becomes the 30th NATO member and joins the North-Atlantic family, will soon show a difference in development. He also said he expects the other countries that want to join the EU or NATO, to show more wisdom and carefully consider...

Macedonia 13.12.19 | 17:12

Puigdemont: If the EU is negotiating with Macedonia or Albania, why not Catalonia?

Calatan separatist leader Carlos Puigdemont dismissed comments that Catalonia is not fit to secede and become an EU member state citing the fact that countries like Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo are negotiating with the EU. They told us: ‘Taking in Scotland, Catalonia, Flanders – that would be too...

Macedonia 12.12.19 | 18:59

Osmani turns somber, says EU relations are too complex and outcomes are difficult to predict

Deputy Prime Minister Bujar Osmani, who is tasked with advancing EU integration, struck a somber note today during a lecture in Struga. Osmani told the participants at the event that the “relations within the EU itself are complex” and outcomes are “not easy to predict”, but that...

Macedonia 06.12.19 | 19:18

Pendarovski: The Western Balkans are losing hope of being integrated into the EU

The European Union must not leave the Western Balkans, as the citizens of those countries also deserve better conditions and a higher standard of living, President Stevo Pendarovski said Friday in Berlin addressing the “EU Enlargement – Unfulfilled Promise – What Now?” panel discussion...

Macedonia 04.12.19 | 18:36

President Macron strongly rejects opening EU talks with Macedonia before his reforms are complete

French President Emmanuel Macron told the Macedonian Information Agency that France was not alone in blocking Macedonia from opening the UE accession talks in OCtober, but that he is willing to take the role of the “bad guy”. Speaking after the London NATO summit, Macron repeated his position...

Macedonia 28.11.19 | 16:39

Manfred Weber: This is madness – Turkey negotiates with EU, and Macedonia cannot!

Former candidate for European Commission president and one of the most influential politicians in the EU, Manfred Weber, has asked Brussels even at the December summit to approve the start of negotiations with Macedonia. The influential German parliamentarian urged during the parliamentary debate in...

Macedonia 27.11.19 | 15:47

After his veto for Macedonia and Albania, Macron is now preparing work and travel restrictions?

Bloomberg reports that French President Emmanuel Macron has new moves planned in what the agency calls his push to “take control of Europe”. One of the steps, according to Bloomberg, was to block the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia and Albania and to overall stop the future enlargement...

Macedonia 26.11.19 | 19:38

French Ambassador Thimonier wants to see a new law on state prosecutors and progress in fighting crime and corruption

French Ambassador to Macedonia Christian Thimonier said that the veto for Macedonia and Albania and the subsequent non – paper proposal to re-organize the EU accession process are not a historic mistake but a “historic opportunity” to fix the EU enlargement model. Speaking before the...

Macedonia 19.11.19 | 15:23

Besa: The government has failed the exam to implement reforms and set European standards in the country

Macedonia’s journey to the European Union is made more difficult every day, not because of the conditions that are set, but more because of this government fault that has failed the exam in implementing reforms and setting European standards in the country and society, the Besa movement said. Reading...

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 18.11.19 | 17:51

German MEP McAllister calls on EU member states to correct their mistake and approve EU accession talks with Macedonia and Albania

German member of the European Parliament David McAllister, who sits on the AFET Foreign Committee, called on the member states to correct the mistake from the latest European Council and to approve the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia and Albania. McAllister pointed to the coming meeting...

Macedonia 14.11.19 | 19:01

After Macedonia’s blockade, Vucic asked Hahn why he should continue dialogue with Pristina

Outgoing EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn in an interview with Financial Times echoed the disappointment that Macedonia and Albania were not allowed to start accession negotiations with the European Union. Han says the blockade came at a time when efforts were needed EU to step up to become a stronger global...

Macedonia 07.11.19 | 21:07

Macedonia didn’t get a date because of Albania, Macron tells “The Economist”

Following France’s veto on Macedonia at the October Summit, Macron announced in an interview with The Economist readiness to give our country a date for negotiations as early as the March summit, provided that both the Union and Macedonia deliver reforms. Macron is ready to give the green light...

Macedonia 07.11.19 | 19:56

Von der Leyen expects Varhelyi to continue supporting negotiations with Skopje and Tirana

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, in a letter sent to Enlargement Commissioner candidate Oliver Varhelyi, say she expects him to continue to push for opening negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania. Practice requires the elected president to send her commissioner candidates their...

Macedonia 05.11.19 | 12:52

We will not speculate on upcoming early elections or on government formation, Kocijancic tells Republika

The European Union does not want to comment on the timing of early elections in Macedonia or the formation of a new government. Maja Kocijancic, a spokesperson of the European Commission explained to “Republika.mk” that the EU fully supports the Przino Agreement and that it was supported...

Macedonia 30.10.19 | 16:02

Mickoski says Parliament can be recalled to ratify NATO accession if necessary, adds that full EU membership remains Macedonia’s strategic goal

VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski said that it is possible to recall the Parliament to ratify Macedonia’s NATO membership even after it is dissolved in February. His comments came Talat Xhaferi warned that the elections may postpone Macedonia’s NATO accession. Parliament will dissolve...

Macedonia 24.10.19 | 11:50

Hahn: Frankly speaking after the decision of the EU Council, we are helpless

Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn again sharply criticized France’s negative stance and the European leaders’ refusal to make a decision to start accession negotiations with Macedonia and Albania, saying the consequences for both countries and the region could be disastrous. Hahn said...

Macedonia 22.10.19 | 14:31

Mickoski: Zaev refused elections in January; VMRO-DPMNE has a plan for the EU integration of Macedonia

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski said that the opposition was prepared to go to the polls as early as January, but that it was rejected during the meeting in the residence of President Pendarovski on Sunday. Mickoski reaction comes after Zaev insisted that they wanted to go to the polls in December,...

Macedonia 21.10.19 | 09:59

German conservatives call on Macedonia and Albania not to be discouraged

The ruling conservative CDU-CSU coalition in Germany called on Macedonia and Albania to see the failure at the European Council as an encouragement to work even harder toward EU integration. I ask both countries to look at the negative vote in the European Council as a push for further reforms. If both...

Macedonia 19.10.19 | 11:24

US State Department disappointed over EU’s decision not to open accession negotiations with Macedonia, Albania

The U.S. State Department expressed disappointment at the EU’s failure to move forward on membership talks with Macedonia and Albania. The United States supports North Macedonia and Albania’s commitment to Transatlantic integration and aspiration to join the European Union. We are disappointed...

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