Commencement of negotiations with North Macedonia in the interest of all parties, says Holstein

Commencement of negotiations with North Macedonia in the interest of all parties, says Holstein

German Ambassador Anke Holstein reaffirmed Germany’s position that the aim of the German EU EU Presidency is for the first Intergovernmental Conference with North Macedonia t to be held during its presidency by the end of the year, and that it is in the interest of all parties involved.

“The holding of the first intergovernmental conference between the EU and North Macedonia constitutes a goal of the German Presidency in the enlargement process, and we are strongly committed to this goal. We will do everything we can to make this happen. We are in close contact with all those involved. There is still some time. It is in everyone’s interest for this to happen. We are also optimistic, said Ambassador Holstein following a working breakfast at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized by the Co-Chairs of North Macedonia and Bulgaria for the Berlin Process and attended by North Macedonia’s Foreign Affairs Ministers Bujar Osmani, and Bulgarian Ambassador to Skopje Angel Angelov.

Asked to comment on statements by the main opposition that she would cancel any possible agreements with Bulgaria if she rose to power, Ambassador Holstein said it was not wise to comment on such statements.

“I do not think it is wise to comment. The German Presidency believes in the true European spirit of all EU members, and we believe that the commencement of the accession negotiations with North Macedonia is in the interest of all parties involved, including the Republic of Bulgaria, which has always been a strong supporter of the Europeanization of this region in its entirety. It is in Bulgaria’s interest to maintain this reputation as a strong supporter of the region, and I personally believe that will happen”, Holstein added.

As for former EU Ambassador Erwan Fouéré’s comments that the EU is not doing enough to help North Macedonia and Bulgaria find a solution, the German ambassador argued that the EU should not interfere in any differences that arise between a Member State and a candidate country.

At the working breakfast with Anke Holstein, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia Bujar Osmani presented a plan for the creation of a single regional market in line with EU standards, which will be the focus of the forthcoming meetings of the joint presidency.

It is up to us to do our job for the benefit of the countries of the region, Bulgarian Ambassador Angelov commented. /ibna