Tag: Varhelyi
Macedonia 11.06.20 | 09:37

After Commissioner Varhelyi’s plea for inclusive elections, SDSM first response is to double down on their plan for “corona elections” in July

Following a phone conversation between European Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi with the leaders of the two main parties in Macedonia, in which he urged for an inclusive discussion to prepare the next elections, the first public response from the ruling SDSM party was to reject the initiative. SDSM demands...

Macedonia 10.06.20 | 22:31

EU Commissioner Varhelyi warned Zaev that he can’t set the election date on his own – the process must be inclusive

European Commissioner for Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi spoke with the leaders of the two main parties in Macedonia, Hristijan Mickoski and Zoran Zaev this evening, and warned that the elections must be held in a way that is fair and inclusive. The conversation comes as Zaev and his ruling SDSM party are...

Macedonia 10.06.20 | 16:49

Mickoski will discuss SDSM push for “corona elections” in July with Commissioner Varhelyi

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski will speak to European Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi today to discuss the push from the ruling SDSM party to hold early elections in July. SDSM insists on July, even as Macedonia has by far the worst coronavirus rates in the region, and beyond, and citizens are...

Macedonia 20.05.20 | 09:49

EU negotiating framework for Macedonia and Albania will be prepared in June, Commissioner Varhelyi says

European Commissioner in charge of enlargement Oliver Varhelyi announced that the negotiating framework for Macedonia and Albania will be prepared in June. This framework then needs to be approved by the individual EU member states. Speaking before the European Parliament AFET committee, Varhelyi also...

Balkans 19.05.20 | 18:38

Commissioner Varhelyi says that Balkan countries will coordinate with the EU as they reopen after the corona epidemic

EU Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi said that the Balkan countries will coordinate with the plan prepared by the European Union for gradual reopening of the economies after the coronavirus epidemic. Varhelyi participated in a video conference organized by Macedonia and Greece. We need to be prepared together...

Balkans 02.04.20 | 17:15

EU Commissioner Varhelyi coordinates trans-Balkan actions in response to the coronavirus epidemic

European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi said that the EU will work together with the Balkan countries to respond to the coronavirus epidemic. One of the steps that are being taken are easing procedures to move medicine and food across the transport corridors in the region. Fighting coronavirus...

Macedonia 25.03.20 | 21:48

EU Commissioner Varhelyi announces financial assistance for Macedonia

European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi announced that the EU is sending financial assistance to Macedonia for fighting the coronavirus. The initial support will be in the amount of four million EUR from the integration instruments, 9 million meant to support companies and three million to...

Macedonia 25.03.20 | 17:23

Varhelyi: Accesion talks with Macedonia and Albania could begin after June

European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi said that the actual opening of accession talks for Macedonia and possibly Albania can be expected after June. Both countries were given an approval to open the accession talks yesterday, but no specific date was set. We want to submit both negotiating...

Macedonia 24.03.20 | 16:31

Varhelyi: Accession talks are approved, the date will come “very quickly”

European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi clarified that the EU member states approved the opening of accession talks with Macedonia and Albania, but that the actual date will come very soon. We on our side as a Commission will speed up our work and we will present very shortly the negotiating...

Balkans 30.01.20 | 18:19

Borrell expresses support for having the Balkans join the EU, as the Commission prepares to present its new enlargement methodology

European foreign policy head Josep Borrell, who is on a visit to Kosovo, said that the EU will not be complete until the Balkan countries join. Borrell travels to Serbia tomorrow, where he is supposed to try and advance the talks between the two countries after the recent push by the US diplomacy. And...

Macedonia 25.01.20 | 09:19

Nikoloski: We have a great friend in the EU Enlargement Commissioner

Aleksandar Nikoloski, who is among the leading officials in VMRO-DPMNE, especially in formulating the foreign policy of the party, speaks with Republika about the prospects of speeding up Macedonia’s EU accession under a VMRO led Government and the effects the many corruption scandals under Zoran...

News Macedonia 15.01.20 | 23:19

VMRO has a plan to fast-track Macedonia toward the EU, Mickoski tells Varhelyi

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski met today with the European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi, who is visiting Macedonia. The two discussed the European perspective of Macedonia and the coming general elections. My position is that the coming VMRO-DPMNE led Government will make a priority...

Macedonia 15.01.20 | 20:54

Xhaferi tells Varhelyi he hopes Macedonia will open EU accession talks in March or May

This afternoon, the European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi met with the Macedonian Parliament Speaker Talat Xhaferi. In a press release issued by Xhaferi’s office, it is said that he expressed hope Macedonia will open its EU accession talks in March or May this year. Despite the grave...

Macedonia 15.01.20 | 18:53

Spasovski tells Varhelyi he hopes the EU will rectify its strategic error regarding Macedonia’s enlargement

Interim Prime Minister Oliver Spasovski said that the French decision to veto Macedonia’s EU accession talks was a strategic error, but expressed hope that it will be rectified soon. Spasovski said this during a joint press conference with the new EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi who...

Macedonia 15.01.20 | 17:41

Commissioner Varhelyi pledges that enlargement toward the Balkans will be a priority for the EU

European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi said that both Macedonia and Albania are prepared to open EU accession talks. In the coming months we will work on three tracks: proposal to drive EU enlargement forward to make negotiations more credible, predictable, political and dynamic; opening of...

Macedonia 13.01.20 | 10:19

Commissioner Varhelyi set to visit Macedonia

The newly appointed EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi will have his first visit to Macedonia on Wednesday. The Commissioner will meet with Macedonian officials to discuss the proposed new enlargement methodology, which France demands is put in place before it can allow the opening of EU accession...

World 25.11.19 | 22:42

V4: George Soros attempted to meddle in EU affairs through Angela Merkel

In early November, billionaire George Soros placed a phone call to the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) director Daniela Schwarzer, asking her to intervene with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to prevent Hungary’s Commissioner-designate from receiving the new European Commission’s...

Macedonia 23.11.19 | 12:23

Varhelyi to speed up EU integration of Western Balkan states

The accession process of the Western Balkan states must be accelerated, European Neighborhood and Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi told the Hungarian Parliament’s European Affairs Committee hearing on Friday, the V4 news agency reported. Oliver Varhelyi said his primary goal has always...

Macedonia 18.11.19 | 19:46

European Parliament committee approves the appointment of Oliver Varhelyi as the next Enlargement Commissioner

The AFET Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament approved the appointment of Hungarian candidate Oliver Varhelyi as the next EU Enlargement Commissioner. Varhelyi was asked to provide additional written answers following his initial testimony before the Committee, and today AFET members...

Balkans 15.11.19 | 09:53

V4: Oliver Varhelyi says that EU’s credibility depends on enlargement toward the Western Balkans

EU should start accession talks with Albania and Macedonia as soon as possible because its credibility depends on it, said Hungarian EU commissioner-designate Oliver Varhelyi, who is nominated to lead the enlargement portfolio, the V4 news agency reported. Speaking before the European Parliament, Varhelyi...

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