Tag: thimonier
Macedonia 17.12.19 | 16:51

French Ambassador Thimonier says that the goal is not simply to open EU accession talks with Macedonia

French Ambassador to Macedonia Christian Thimonier reminded the public that the issue is not just about opening the accession talks with the EU, but also meeting the criteria for this. France vetoed the opening of accession talks for Macedonia and Albania in October, as its President Emmanuel Macron...

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 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 04.11.19 | 11:05

French Ambassador to Macedonia hints that his country may allow the opening of EU accession talks in May

French Ambassador to Macedonia Christian Thimonier said that Macedonia can expect some good news in May, if it does its job. Thimonier was hinting at the possibility that France would lift its veto against the opening of EU accession talks for Macedonia at the Zagreb European Council in May. Speaking...

Macedonia 29.10.19 | 10:59

Naumovski calls on Zaev supporters to tone down their attacks on France, President Macron, Ambassador Thimonier

International law professor and former Macedonian Ambassador to the US Vasko Naumovski called on the public, especially those from the Zaev camp, to tone down their public displays of anger aimed at France, its President Emmanuel Macron and its Ambassador to Macedonia Christian Thimonier. Angry Zaev...

Macedonia 25.10.19 | 22:29

Zaev rebukes his deputy Muhamed Zekiri for his criticism of France and Ambassador Thimonier

Zoran Zaev publicly rebuked his party deputy leader Muhamed Zekiri, for his statement condemning France and its Ambassador to Macedonia Christian Thimonier. Zekiri was one of the many Zaev supporters who engaged in French bashing after President Macron vetoed the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia...

Macedonia 25.10.19 | 00:15

Tout est perdu: With nothing left to lose, Zaev supporters launch a fusillade at French Ambassador Thimonier

The brutally honest press conference French Ambassador Christian Thimonier gave today caused as shockwave in Macedonia. Thimonier fielded often hostile questions from the press as he explained the reasons behind the veto France used to block Macedonia from opening the EU accession talks. He insisted...

Macedonia 27.09.19 | 15:18

Ambassador Thimonier says that the final accession date decision is up to President Macron

In a rare optimistic statement, French Ambassador to Macedonia Christian Thimonier said that he is waiting for President Emmanuel Macron to give the green light for the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia. Thimonier spoke a day after the German Bundestag approved the requested October date. Each...

Macedonia 25.09.19 | 14:31

Racketeering scandal: French Ambassador Thimonier demands that impunity for the political elite ends

French Ambassador to Macedonia Christian Thimonier says that it is still not decided how Paris will vote on the proposal to open EU accession talks with Macedonia in October. The Ambassador warned that the rule of law issues will feature highly in the decision, after the major racketeering scandal and...

Macedonia 20.09.19 | 11:02

French Ambassador warned about Government attempts to rig the enrollment process at the Academy of judges and prosecutors

Members of Parliament from VMRO-DPMNE sent a letter to French Ambassador Christian Thimonier warning against attempts to politically influence the Academy of judges and prosecutors, an ostensibly independent institution tasked with educating the future top cadres in the judiciary. According to the opposition...

Macedonia 19.09.19 | 23:26

Ambassador Thimonier says it’s best not to create too much drama over the EU accession talks date

French Ambassador to Macedonia Christian Thimonier said that France supports the integration of Macedonia into the EU, but would not commit to supporting the opening of accession talks in October. You will say that the European Commission has prepared positive reports on a number of occasions, for this...

Macedonia 09.08.19 | 21:28

French Ambassador to Macedonia calls for urgent steps to tackle the corruption scandal, warns about the country’s “EU dossier”

French Ambassador to Macedonia Christian Thimonier called for an urgent response from the judiciary with regard to the growing corruption scandal revolving around Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva. This is the latest in the series of such calls from Thimonier, which has prompted concerns that Macedonia...

Macedonia 29.07.19 | 20:02

Ambassador Thimonier wants to see a thorough investigation into the corruption scandal, no matter where it leads

French Ambassador to Macedonia Christian Thimonier said that it is clear that there was something suspicious with the opening of the 1TV television – the media outlet owned by Bojan Jovanovski – Boki 13, which was allegedly used to launder money gained from racketeering. Ambassador Thimonier...

Macedonia 28.07.19 | 20:27

France is closely watching the Special Prosecutor scandal, and how the involved party will react, Ambassador warns

Comment by French Ambassador to Macedonia Christian Thimonier raised worries that the Boki 13/Katica Janeva scandal will bury the chances for the opening of EU accession talks in October. France has opposed the opening of accession talks in June on the grounds that the EU is getting too broad, can’t...

Macedonia 27.07.19 | 19:55

French Ambassador Thimonier says he is shocked by the high profile extortion scandal

French Ambassador to Macedonia Christian Thimonier expressed his shock at the major racketeering scandal, which brought down Special Prosecutor Katica Janeva and raises suspicions about involvement of top Government officials. The scandal is developing just as European Union member states are considering...

Macedonia 08.07.19 | 22:15

Zaev meets French Ambassador Thimonier to lobby for the opening of EU accession talks

Zoran Zaev met with French Ambassador to Macedonia Christian Thimonier, who has voiced criticism of a number of failings of the Zaev Government, and whose country is the main obstacle to the asked for opening of EU accession talks in October. Zaev’s office said that he discussed his recent meeting...

Macedonia 07.07.19 | 23:48

French Ambassador Thimonier expresses concern over the Raskovski tapes

French Ambassador to Macedonia Christian Thimonier expressed concern about the leaked tapes that reveal allegations of corruption in the Zaev Government. The recordings of Zaev’s Secretary General Dragi Raskovski raise suspicion tha tthe influenced the awarding of a contract to purchase air traffic...

Macedonia 03.07.19 | 18:41

Struga welcomes French Ambassador Thimonier with the Dutch flag

In a series of objections he raised about Macedonia, French Ambassador Christian Thimonier included the widespread abuse of laws regarding the development of lake Ohrid, especially in the city of Struga. These past few days, Thimonier was in Ohrid, inspecting the sites, and also met with Struga authorities....

Macedonia 02.07.19 | 00:01

VMRO-DPMNE officials in Ohrid discuss the problems the city faces with French Ambassador Thimonier

French Ambassador to Macedonia Christian Thimonier met with VMRO-DPMNE officials in Ohrid, Saso Donev and Mitre Milosevski, to discuss the recent municipal elections and the problems the city faces. An important matter we covered at length is, of course, the possibility that we are declared a temporarily...

Macedonia 24.06.19 | 20:47

French Ambassador Thimonier bluntly lists areas where Macedonia falls short

French Ambassador to Macedonia Christian Thimonier bluntly explained why the country can’t expect French approval to get a date to open EU accession talks, when he pointed to rampant corruption and partisan influences over the public administration. Thimonier asked why is everybody pushing on a...

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