SKOPJE – Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Bujar Osmani hosted the Third Joint Committee of the Republic of Macedonia and Montenegro, which was held in Skopje. High-level delegation from Montenegro led by the Minister for European Affairs and chief negotiator of Montenegro in the negotiations with the EU, Aleksandar Andrija Pejović. The meeting was held within the Cooperation agreement between the two governments in the European integration process.
Before the beginning of the meeting, at the headquarters of the Secretariat for European Affairs, a press conference was held, addressed by the two Ministers for European Affairs.
Osmani expressed satisfaction with the continued cooperation between the two countries, especially the fact that through this Joint Committee, a basis for exchange of experiences and gained knowledge was established, which have a strong influence on the promotion of the European integration processes of the entire region.
“Macedonia, for example, first in the region joined the Stabilisation and Association Process as early as 2001, and in the coming period, it has made strong progress in joining the EU. We shared our experiences with all the countries in the region at that time, among which, of course, with Montenegro. Today, once we have passed a long period of lagging in the progress towards the EU, Montenegro’s experience, as a country that has started and successfully progressed in the negotiations with the EU, is undoubtedly an important benefit for both Macedonia and other aspirant countries from the region”, Osmani stressed, before the beginning of the meeting.
In addition to the benefits of exchanging experiences, the topics of wider regional cooperation were opened at the meeting, especially in the context of regional cooperation within the EU funds, as well as other initiatives such as the Berlin Process, the initiatives for economic cooperation among the Western Balkan countries.
“Progress in the Euro-integration processes of Macedonia, fortunately, does not represent an isolated case in the Balkans, but is in the same direction with the new wave of regional European optimism, which is extended to the EU member states. This progress is particularly noticeable in Montenegro, which besides the start of negotiations with the EU, became a full member of NATO. This is a good basis for both our and the overall regional progress, but of course, it is very important for us that on this road we have the support of our country friends, as we consider the support of Montenegro,” concluded Osmani.
Prior to this meeting of the Joint Committee between Macedonia and Montenegro, two such meetings were held so far, the first being held in Skopje, while the second was held last year in Bar, Montenegro. The purpose of these meetings is to exchange experiences between the two countries on the European integration process.