Tag: veto
Balkans 14.06.22 | 20:11

Petkov will isolate the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to lift the veto on Macedonia, claims BGNES

Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov intends to completely isolate the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in its attempts to lift the veto on the start of Macedonia’s EU accession talks, and Petkov will submit the proposal at the first session of the Council of Ministers, BGNES reports.  In order...

Macedonia 31.05.22 | 09:38

Government comes to terms with new veto by Bulgaria

Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Bojan Maricic believes that progress in European integration is necessary for the Western Balkan countries and that now is the time for swift European integration of the region, while according to President Stevo Pendarovski, the chances of removing the Bulgarian...

Macedonia 28.05.22 | 10:49

Dainov: Three years ago 80% of Bulgarians wanted Macedonia to be a member of the EU, now 60% do not want it

Bulgarian professor Evgenii Dainov said on TV21’s “Click Plus” show that in Bulgaria 80% of Bulgarians wanted Macedonia to be a member of the EU, while now after three years 60% do not want it. My focus is not on Macedonia, my focus is not on Macedonia’s accession to the European...

Macedonia 14.05.22 | 19:45

France would welcome opening EU accession talks with Macedonia if a deal is made with Bulgaria

French Foreign Minister Yves le Drian, who met with Macedonian Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani, assured Macedonia that the current President of the rotating EU Presidency is working toward a balanced and mutually acceptable compromise between Macedonia and Bulgaria. Osmani said that, if a deal is struck,...

Macedonia 05.05.22 | 11:47

Iotova: Bulgaria is under international pressure to lift its veto

Bulgarian Vice President Iliyana Iotova said that foreign countries are pressuring Bulgaria to lift its veto against Macedonia. Iotova spoke during the large conference in Sofia, in which a torrent of allegations were made against Macedonia. The pressure is due to the fact that we were unable to maintain...

Macedonia 25.01.22 | 12:57

Governments of Macedonia and Bulgaria begin intensive negotiations that are supposed to unblock the EU path

The governments of Macedonia and Bulgaria are holding rounds of meetings in Sofia today, to kick off the next six months of negotiations which are expected to bring results that will allow Bulgaria to lift its veto against Macedonia’s EU accession talks. Prime Ministers Kiril Petkov and Dimitar Kovacevski...

Macedonia 17.12.21 | 14:22

After the new EU veto, Mickoski demands early elections in May

VMRO-DPMNE President Hristijan Mickoski called for the creation of a technical Government in February and early general elections in May, in light of the failure of the Zaev Government to secure the opening of EU accession talks despite all its concessions on national identity issues. Bulgaria vetoed...

Macedonia 16.12.21 | 10:02

New Bulgarian Government, same old veto

After the conclusions on EU enlargement and the announcement of the Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov that he will put the negotiations with Macedonia on a new basis, today the Vice President of Bulgaria Iliana Iotova said that Sofia will offer nothing new in the coming period. Bulgaria will wait...

Macedonia 15.12.21 | 10:13

Alternative party willing to overlook the latest veto in exchange for the promise of its share of Government largesse

Even though the Alternative party insisted that their main purpose of entering the Zaev Government is to secure the opening of EU accession talks, it seems intent to stick with its decision despite the veto Macedonia received at the European Council yesterday. The party seems prepared to justify its...

Macedonia 15.12.21 | 10:01

BESA party calls for early elections after the latest veto Macedonia received at the European Council

Following the latest veto Macedonia received at the European Council, where Bulgaria blocked the opening of EU accession talks again, the BESA party sent out a call for early elections. The BESA Secretary General Adnan Azizi said that the SDSM – DUI led Government is failing at its key mission. They...

Macedonia 24.11.21 | 09:31

Bulgaria’s veto remains, Macedonia did not meet the criteria for start of EU accession negotiations

There is no change in Bulgaria’s position on the start of EU accession talks with Macedonia at today’s meeting of the General Affairs Council, BNR reported, MIA reports from Sofia. The Bulgarian veto remains, although, according to a diplomatic source, Bulgaria’s planned sharp position,...

Macedonia 30.09.21 | 19:23

Greece disagrees with Bulgaria’s veto against Macedonia

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said that he does not agree with the Bulgarian veto of Macedonia’s EU accession, and that the process of admitting the Balkans to the EU should be sped up. We agreed that the integration process of the Western Balkans should be integrated quicker, so that...

Macedonia 04.07.21 | 21:11

Fouéré: EU must urgently change its behavior, enlargement policy does not work

Former EU Ambassador to the country Erwan Fouéré believes that the European Union has its own values, but unfortunately does not respect them in some specific areas, and one of those areas that directly affects Macedonia and the region is the enlargement policy, which does not work at all. It is a...

Macedonia 23.06.21 | 09:44

Pendarovski wants to get closer to the US, Dimitrov and Osmani say they will keep pushing for EU membership: regime officials respond to the latest EU veto

Zoran Zaev did not address the latest Bulgarian veto at the European Council, which blocked Macedonia from opening its EU accession talks, but some of his officials did come out yesterday with their comments. President Stevo Pendarovski said that Macedonia should not give up on pursuing EU membership,...

Macedonia 22.06.21 | 16:23

EU: Bulgaria expected to continue to veto Macedonia’s EU accession talks

Bulgaria is not backing down and intends to maintain its veto against Macedonia and block the opening of EU accession talks, the MIA news agency reports. Talks are going on in Luxembourg, where EU foreign ministers are gathered to prepare the agenda for the European Council. Officials German, Sweden...

World 07.06.21 | 16:41

German Minister Maas calls for an end to the single state veto power in EU foreign policy decisions

German Foreign Affairs Minister Heiko Maas said that the European Union will need to end the principle of making foreign policy decisions by unanimity. Maas accused unnamed EU member states of undermining European common foreign policy with their unilateral decisions. It’s believed he mostly had...

Macedonia 12.05.21 | 15:05

End of hopes for EU negotiations at least until autumn: Bulgarian interim prime minister says he will not lift the veto on Macedonia

Hopes that a compromise could be reached with the new government in Sofia ahead of the decision to set a date for Macedonia’s EU talks to begin in June this year have been dashed following the appointment of Bulgaria’s interim Prime Minister Stefan Yanev. The Bulgarian framework position...

Macedonia 16.03.21 | 18:00

Zaev condemns Bulgaria for its veto against Macedonia

Zoran Zaev condemned Bulgaria for its blockade of Macedonia’s EU accession talks. ‌In an interview with a paper in Luxembourg, where he is visiting, Zaev said that the Bulgarian approach is contrary to European values. With this behavior, EU would not have existed. Europeans looked toward the...

Macedonia 03.02.21 | 22:42

Dimitrov accused of giving away the term “Macedonian” to Bulgaria and Greece

During the discussion in the Parliament over the proposed vote of no confidence in Deputy Prime Minister Nikola Dimitrov, Antonio Milososki from VMRO-DPMNE accused Dimitrov of giving away the identity designation “Macedonian” to neighboring countries. Only in the past ten days we were informed...

Macedonia 22.01.21 | 20:25

Zaev: I did not believe that there would be a veto from Bulgaria

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev said in Friday’s interview with the “Triling” show on TV 24 that he wanted full recognition by Bulgaria, without disputing the roots. I did not believe that there would be a veto. Although I was the first to inform the people that this was also an option. We...

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