Tag: Varhelyi
Macedonia 20.05.22 | 10:37

EU Commissioner Varhelyi expects Bulgaria to lift its veto in three weeks

European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi came out with a very optimistic announcement from Sofia, saying that he expects Bulgaria to approve the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia in three weeks. Varhelyi met with the entire Bulgarian leadership, both from the moderate camp, like Prime...

Macedonia 06.12.21 | 21:06

Commissioner Varhelyi warns that the delays in the EU accession of Macedonia and Albania affect trust in the EU

European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi warned that the delays in EU integration of Macedonia and Albania are influencing trust in the EU in the Western Balkan region. Varhelyi spoke virtually at the Sofia Forum for the Western Balkans – the event was held in Bulgaria, the country that...

Macedonia 20.10.21 | 11:54

Varhelyi reveals that Bulgarian hardliner Kovatchev was tasked to mediate in the relations with Macedonia

During the presentation of the latest progress reports on EU candidate countries, European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi said that Bulgarian hardline member of the European Parliament Andrey Kovatchev was a secret intermediary with Macedonia. Varhelyi said that Kovatchev was working to advance...

Macedonia 29.09.21 | 18:48

Commissioner Varhelyi’s quiet visit to Macedonia

European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi did not give a statement during his visit to Macedonia today. Varhelyi came quietly and left in the same manner – the only news report from the visit being the information that he intervened to have a human rights advocate meet with Jordan Orce...

Macedonia 22.09.21 | 11:16

Bulgaria responds to Commissioner Varhelyi’s visit with increased criticism of Macedonia

Bulgarian authorities would not budge after the visit of EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi, who tried to intervene on Macedonian behalf. Varhelyi met with Bulgarian President Rumen Radev and Prime Minister Svetlan Stoev. Radev responded that Bulgaria “does not trust empty promises”...

Macedonia 21.09.21 | 11:49

Commissioner Varhelyi is in Bulgaria to push for an end of their veto against Macedonia

European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi is in Bulgaria today to discuss the continued Bulgarian veto against Macedonia and our EU integration process. Varhelyi will meet with President Rumen Radev and interim Prime Minister Svetlan Stoev. Varhelyi made one such attempt in May, but the technical...

Macedonia 01.09.21 | 21:58

Varhelyi: EU must not betray the Balkans

During the Bled Forum in Slovenia, European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi said that the EU can’t afford to continue betraying the hopes of the Balkan countries. We must be resolute to support the motivation and to assure them that the offer on the table is sincere. That way we can speed...

Macedonia 01.09.21 | 18:40

Jansa and Varhelyi expressed support for Macedonia’s EU accession during their meeting with Zaev

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa and the European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi expressed their support to continue EU enlargement toward the Balkans, during their meeting with Zoran Zaev at the Bled Forum. During the meeting, it was said that enlargement is a priority for the Slovenian...

Macedonia 10.06.21 | 17:10

Varhelyi: This could be the year of the Western Balkans

European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi said that June is a key month for the Balkan countries that are hoping to join the EU, and want to restart or begin their EU accession talks. the European Council meets at the end of June and Macedonia hopes to finally open the accession talks but so...

Macedonia 21.05.21 | 15:46

Varhelyi and Silva arrive in Macedonia after unproductive meetings in Bulgaria

European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi and the Portuguese Foreign Affairs Minister Augusto Santos Silva arrived to Macedonia, after their visit to Bulgaria this morning. The two are on a mission to try and persuade Bulgaria to lift its veto, but early indications are that it is not going to...

Macedonia 21.05.21 | 11:25

EU’s mission to Sofia seems like a failure, unlikely that Bulgaria will lift its veto

The EU – Portuguese mission to Sofia seems to be a failure. Bulgarian Foreign Minister Svetlan Stoev told the visiting EU Commissioner Varhelyi and the Portuguese Minister Silva that Bulgaria’s caretaker Government will have a policy of full continuity with the previously set national policy...

Macedonia 04.05.21 | 09:01

Varhelyi visits Macedonia during his Balkan vaccine tour

European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi visits Macedonia today, as part of his Balkan tour, during which he is delivering coronavirus vaccines from a program initiated by the EU and Austria. Austrian Federal Minister Karoline Edtstadler is joining Varhelyi for this trip. The two will visit...

Macedonia 30.04.21 | 18:28

Commissioner Varhelyi will visit Macedonia on Tuesday as part of a Balkan tour to coordinate distribution of vaccines

European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi will visit Macedonia on Tuesday, as part of his Balkan tour. The Commissioner is coordinating the distribution of 651,000 doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine which is being donated with the help of Austria. This is part of the package of 70 million...

Macedonia 28.03.21 | 16:43

Commissioner Varhelyi welcomes the delivery of Covax vaccines to Macedonia

European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi welcomed the long awaited delivery of Astra Zeneca vaccines to Macedonia through the Covax mechanism. Some 24,000 doses were delivered to Skopje this morning. Very good news – #COVID-19 vaccines have arrived to #NorthMacedonia via #COVAX today....

Macedonia 12.03.21 | 13:35

Commissioner Varhelyi calls on Macedonia to quickly resolve the dispute with Bulgaria

European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi called on Macedonia to resolve the dispute with Bulgaria as soon as possible, so that it may be allowed to open EU accession talks. Asked about the prospects that Macedonia opens EU accession talks, Varhelyi said that the dispute with Bulgaria needs to...

Macedonia Economy 25.02.21 | 10:22

Minister Besimi is asking for EU funds for the railway link to Bulgaria

Finance Minister Fatmir Besimi met with the EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi in Brussels to discuss EU funding for infrastructure projects. One of them, Besimi said after the meeting, is the planned railway line between Kriva Palanka and Deve Bair. This would be the final stretch of the long...

Macedonia 19.01.21 | 19:46

Commissioner Varhelyi announced an EU mechanism to bring vaccines to the Balkans

European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi announced a mechanism that will help bring coronavirus vaccines to the Balkans, where the countries are badly lacking in procurement and distribution. To ensure united front to beat COVID19 and early access to vaccines, EU Commission will set up mechanism...

Macedonia 03.12.20 | 11:12

Politico criticizes Varhelyi for not doing more to help Zaev

Politico called out European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi for not exerting more pressure on Bulgaria to help the Zaev regime in Macedonia. According to the news site, Varhelyi reserves a low grade (C) for his overall efforts and the dispute with Bulgaria is named as his “worst moment”. Worst...

Macedonia 15.10.20 | 21:46

Commissioner Varhelyi ends his self-isolation after testing negative

EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi tested negative for the second time and will end his quarantine. My COVIDー19 test came back negative today, same as all the tests I have had over the past 10 days. I am therefore no longer self-isolating and am resuming activities, with full respect of public...

Macedonia 12.10.20 | 14:32

EU Commissioner Varhelyi in self-isolation after a staff member tested positive

EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi announced that he is entering into self-isolation after a staff member tested positive to the coronavirus. Varhelyi said that he is feeling well and that his most recent coronavirus tests came back negative. The Commissioner just had a major tour of the Balkans,...

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