Tag: mini schengen
Macedonia 16.12.19 | 11:10

Kosovo calls on Albania to withdraw from the Mini – Schengen initiative with Macedonia and Serbia

Kosovan parties are calling on Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama to withdraw from the Mini – Schengen initiative with Serbia and Macedonia. Officials in Kosovo fear that the initiative restores Serbian influence in the region, and will derail the actual EU accession prospects of the participating...

Macedonia 15.11.19 | 11:53

Trump’s Balkan envoy Grenell welcomes the Mini Schengen initiative

US diplomatic envoy for the Kosovo dispute Richard Grenell, who is one of the few US ambassadors openly loyal to President Trump, endorsed the Mini Schengen initiative between Macedonia, Serbia and Albania. Grenell also called on the countries to admit Kosovo to their initiative. We welcome the Western...

Macedonia 14.11.19 | 14:45

Milososki: Once we are in the Mini Schengen, it won’t be easy to get back on Europe’s agenda

Former Foreign Minister Antonio Milososki believes that Macedonia won’t easily get back on the EU agenda, now that it is fixed in the so-called Mini Schengen regional initiative. Milososki describes divisions in the Macedonian diplomacy, mainly between Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov and Deputy...

Macedonia 11.11.19 | 15:40

Mini Schengen is an old, largely implemented idea, but it may fuel nationalism

Enthusiasm expressed by Zaev backers aside, the Mini Schengen idea is an old one, promoted under the same name at least a decade ago, and is largely implemented by now. Zoran Zaev convened a regional meeting in Ohrid this weekend, after the failure to secure approval for opening the EU accession talks,...

Macedonia 11.11.19 | 15:16

Ambassador Thimonier says that France will ratify Macedonia’s NATO accession by the end of 2019

Ambassador Christian Thimonier said that France will ratify Macedonia’s NATO accession protocol by the end of the year. France is one of the remaining NATO member states that are yet to complete the ratification process. Spain is the main issue, with another inconclusive election in this country...

Macedonia 10.11.19 | 16:45

Mickoski on the Mini Schengen initiative: For us, the only option is to join the EU

Asked about the Mini Schengen regional initiative, whose summit was held in Ohrid today, VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski replied that the only alternative for Macedonia is to join the European Union. We have no alternative other than full EU membership. We’ve said it before that any initiative...

Macedonia 10.11.19 | 11:29

Kosovo’s President Thaci snubs the Mini Schengen initaitive

Kosovan President Hashim Thaci informed the public over Facebook that he has refused an invitation to attend the Mini Schengen regional initiative held in Ohrid today. Thaci said that his country as deliberately neglected by the initiative, which includes Serbia – a country whose policy is to limit...

Macedonia 10.11.19 | 11:03

Mini Schengen meeting in Ohrid

Zoran Zaev hosts a meeting of the Mini Schengen initiative in Ohrid today, which will include the leaders of Albania and Serbia, as well as Montenegrin and Bosnian representatives. The initiative is seen as a “participation trophy” for the Balkan countries, after France made it clear it will...

News 09.11.19 | 11:21

Mini Schengen summit in Ohrid tomorrow

Zoran Zaev hosts a meeting of the Mini Schengen initiative in Ohrid starting tomorrow, which will include the leaders of Albania and Serbia, as well as Montenegrin and Bosnian representatives. The initiative is seen as a “participation trophy” for the Balkan countries, after France made it...

Macedonia 08.11.19 | 17:04

US diplomat Palmer praises the Mini – Schengen initiative

US diplomat Matthew Palmer welcomed the initiate to create Mini – Schengen – a Balkan zone of even deeper integration between the countries that not EU members. At a WEF event in Geneva, Palmer expressed his disappointment that Macedonia and Albania were denied the opening of EU accession...

Macedonia 04.11.19 | 15:35

Zaev, Rama and Vucic discuss the next meeting of the Mini – Schengen initiative

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that he spoke on the phone with Zoran Zaev and Edi Rama, in anticipation of what he said will be an important meeting in Ohrid on November 9th, to discuss the Mini – Schengen project. This idea, to further enhance the cooperation between Macedonia, Albania,...