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Dimitrov: Our biggest fight is making the region European

Nikola Dimitrov; Photo: Tanjug / AP Photo / Petros Giannakouris

SKOPJE – Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia Nikola Dimitrov held a meeting with a delegation from Brussels.

The delegation from COWEB / COELA is on a working visit to the Republic of Northern Macedonia, organized by the EU Delegation in Skopje and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of North Macedonia.

At the meeting, the representatives of the EU member states discussed the reform processes and upcoming activities in the country that are expected to be taken up by the June Council meeting of the EU Council.

Minister Dimitrov welcomed the COWEB and COEL. He talked about the ongoing implementation of the obligations from the Prespa Agreement, and also referred to the undertaken activities in the context of the sooner starting of the accession negotiations with the European Union. Dimitrov conveyed the general expectations for continued support from the European Union and all its member states, in this important period for the country and its European aspirations, as well as the European future of the Region as a whole.

He also stressed:”I sincerely believe that the Republic of North Macedonia this year presents a story of hope for the Region and for Europe as a whole, which should be recognized and encouraged by the European Union. We have achieved a historical breakthrough in our relations with our neighbors through the agreements with Bulgaria and Greece, and at home we are continually working on the implementation of reforms, improving the way of governance and advancing social processes. The road is long, but the direction we are moving towards and the values ​​we strive for are clear and unambiguous. The decision to start negotiations will verify and intensify this trend. ”

“Our biggest fight is making the region European not by going through the motions of negotiations, but by truly changing our society. We are ready for a Balkan reform Olympics”, said Dimitrov.

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