Ashton in Skopje on the day of publication of special report on FYR Macedonia

Ashton in Skopje on the day of publication of special report on FYR Macedonia

Skopje, 16 April 2013

The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton arrives in Skopje this afternoon in the framework of her tour in the Western Balkan countries.

Ashton’s visit comes on the day of publication of European Commission’s Special Report on Macedonia on which depends the possibility for the country to receive a date for negotiations in the European Council Summit in June.

Ashton is expected to meet with President Gjorge Ivanov, Prime Minister Nikolla Gruevski and BDI Leader Ali Ahmeti, as well as with opposition LSDM Leader Branko Cervenkovski.

According to the EC, the aim of Ashton’s visit is to intensify the euro – integration process for the countries in the region which aspire membership in the Union.

The FYR Macedonian Diplomacy Chief, Nikolla Poposki, said last week that Ashton’s visit is not part of the regular communication with the European Commission and is not directly connected to the name or to the latest Mathew Nimic.

Prior to her arrival in Skopje, Catherine Ashton shall stop in Tirana, but her agenda for visits to other countries is not made known. /ibna/