Tag: veto
Macedonia 21.12.20 | 22:31

Zaharieva says that other EU member states are not happy to see Macedonia join

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva hinted that the country is not alone in its blockade of Macedonia’s EU accession talks. Bulgaria wants to see Macedonia a member state of the EU more than other EU member states and trans-oceanic countries, but our support is not unconditional. Not...

Macedonia 17.12.20 | 23:31

Czech Republic and Slovakia on ‘veto on Bulgaria’: We will not allow EU be the judge of our shared history, how we identify ourselves or the language we use

We will not allow that the Union be the judge of our shared history, how we identify ourselves or the language we use, Czech and Slovak Foreign Ministers Tomàš Petríček and Ivan Korčok said in a joint statement, after they did not agree on the EU conclusions on the enlargement. In the final text...

Macedonia 11.12.20 | 22:25

Slovenian President Pahor dissappointed with the Bulgarian veto

Slovenian President Borut Pahor, who is a close friend of the Macedonian social-democratic leadership, expressed his dissappointment in the Bulgarian veto that blocked the opening of EU accession talks. During the 2BS regional conference, Pahor said that the veto is discouraging for the whole of the...

Macedonia 09.12.20 | 17:00

It was not a veto, Zaharieva claims, Macedonia was simply not a topic

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva insisted that she did not veto the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia, but that the proposal simply wasn’t put on the table. Zaharieva held a joint press conference with former Macedonian Prime Minister Vlado Buckovski, who is Zaev’s envoy...

Macedonia 07.12.20 | 17:36

Day before the European Council – the Bulgarian veto expected to become official EU policy

The European Council is scheduled to meet tomorrow, and Macedonia will receive official word on where it stands with regard to the announced Bulgarian veto. Bulgaria demands major concessions from Macedonia on issues of national identity and history and Prime Minister Zoran Zaev already announced that,...

Macedonia 04.12.20 | 17:17

Denmark and Holland deny reports that they support Bulgaria’s veto against Macedonia

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark also denied the reports of the Bulgarian “24 Casa” that Denmark, as well as the Netherlands, joined Bulgaria in blocking Macedonia’s EU accession talks, the “Sakamdakazam” news portal reported. Information published in the Bulgarian...

Macedonia 21.11.20 | 14:56

Karakacanov: Odds Bulgaria lifts the veto in 2020 are only theoretical

Bulgarian Defense Minister Krasimir Karakacanov said that realistically his country won’t allow the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia by the end of 2020. Karakacanov placed the chances Bulgaria changes its mind in the real of theory. Bulgaria has always maintained a positive attitude...

Macedonia 20.11.20 | 15:29

Bujar Osmani asks for optimism despite the veto from Bulgaria

Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani asked the public to remain optimistic despite the veto from Bulgaria, which blocked the opening of EU accession talks. It is our job to remain optimistic and do all we can as a Government to implement the broad will of the citizens. So long there is consensual willingness...

Macedonia 20.11.20 | 11:23

Dimitrov says he is disappointed with the Bulgarian veto

Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister Nikola Dimitrov said that he is very disappointed in the fact that Bulgaria blocked the opening of EU accession talks, but that he will continue to work in a way not to give any more reason to Bulgaria for additional vetoes. Bulgaria is using examples of angry comments...

News 19.11.20 | 13:54

“The veto should sober Macedonia up”

Bulgarian Defense Minister Krasimir Karakacanov said that he expects the veto of Macedonia’s EU accession talks will act like a “cold shower on a drunk person who lives in illusions”. A small sobering moment, and hopefully we can sit on the table and have an honest dialogue between...

News 19.11.20 | 12:05

Hate speech against Bulgaria is the main reason for the veto, Zaharieva says after vile comments aimed at her by a Zaev regime official

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said that Bulgaria can’t keep enduring hate speech from Macedonia and that this is the reason why it blocked the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia. Her comment comes after an outspoken supporter of the Zaev regime, who is an official of...

News 19.11.20 | 09:56

Spiegel: Bulgaria sets a nationalist precedent with its blockade of Macedonia

German Spiegel magazine reports on the growing dispute between Bulgaria and Macedonia, and says that Bulgaria is setting a grotesque precedent – of an EU member state pressuring a candidate country. Bulgaria wants neighboring (North) Macedonia to officially declare that the Macedonian nation has...

Macedonia 18.11.20 | 10:55

Zaev calls Bulgaria’s veto “failure to approve”

Bulgaria’s refusal to approve the negotiating framework for Macedonia is the EU’s greatest defeat, but at the same time it was confirmed in a statement by the chairman, the German Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth, that options are still open until December. We should continue searching...

Macedonia 17.11.20 | 19:19

Zaev announced 100 dates for start of EU negotiations, and we received a date for veto

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva said Tuesday that Bulgaria is ready to give the green light to Albania’s negotiating framework, but not to the one for Macedonia. And instead of a date for negotiations, Macedonia got a blockade. Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and the President...

Macedonia 17.11.20 | 09:16

Veto confirmed: Bulgaria will not allow the start of Macedonia’s EU accession negotiations

Today, the Ministers of European Affairs of the EU member states will hold online the long-awaited General Affairs Council, which was to adopt the negotiating framework for Macedonia and Albania, MIA’s correspondent in Brussels reported. At today’s meeting, it is almost certain that Bulgaria...

Macedonia 07.11.20 | 13:23

Buckovski tells Bulgaria that it can’t expect all historic alignment to be in its favor

Former Prime Minister Vlado Buckovski, who tried his hand at a mission of good will with Bulgaria, warned the neighboring country that it can’t expect all alignment on historic issues to be in its favor. A shared history between Bulgaria and Macedonia can’t be made only on the basis of Bulgarian...

Macedonia 06.11.20 | 19:11

Mickoski: After Bulgaria’s veto, we have a failure of Zaev’s policies, we demand resignation and expert government

Zoran Zaev’s humiliating policy has been defeated and the Macedonia’s EU perspective under Zaev’s leadership was put into question, VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski said Friday, answering a reporer’s question about Bulgaria’s blockade. Mickoski estimates that what happened...

Macedonia 06.11.20 | 18:45

Bulgaria’s veto was not a veto: Does Zaev know what he signed with Borisov?

Zoran Zaev finally admitting that Bulgaria will not allow Macedonia to start EU accession negotiations brought back memories of the Prime Minister’s promises that the Good Neighborly Agreement closes all open issues with the eastern neighbor and that the signing opens the European door. Not only...

Macedonia 06.11.20 | 14:20

Zaev confirms that Bulgaria vetoed the opening of Macedonia’s EU accession talks

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev confirmed today that Bulgaria has blocked the opening of EU accession talks with Macedonia. At the meeting of EU ambassadors in Brussels today, the Bulgarian ambassador rejected a proposal from Germany, which holds the EC rotating presidency, to accept a negotiating framework. We...

Macedonia 05.11.20 | 13:19

Osmani regrets the announced veto from Bulgaria

Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani finally spoke out after the emergency summit in Berlin and the ever clearer threat from Bulgaria that it will veto Macedonia from opening EU accession talks. Osmani expressed regret about the developments. I wish that our neighbors are the engine and not the brake for our...

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