North Macedonia: Portuguese Presidency hopes first intergovernmental conference to take place by June

North Macedonia: Portuguese Presidency hopes first intergovernmental conference to take place by June

Portugal, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union and the European Commission, still hopes that an intergovernmental conference with North Macedonia will take place by the end of the Portuguese Presidency.

Ana Paula Zacarias, Portuguese Foreign Minister for European Affairs, explained that yesterday, during the General Affairs Council, the ministers discussed North Macedonia and Albania, as well as enlargement in general.

“I would like to say that all the Member States want to see progress here, the Presidency has talked to the candidate countries and the Member States and with the support of EU Commissioner Oliver Varheliy we have talked to the Bulgarian authorities”, Zacarias told the conference.

He added that Bulgaria is currently in the post-election period, but that the debate on North Macedonia continues to yield results.

“And this is during our Presidency, to start intergovernmental conferences with North Macedonia and Albania”, said the Portuguese Foreign Minister.

The Vice President of the European Commission, Maroš Šefčovi, added that every effort is being made for this institution to adopt the negotiating framework for North Macedonia by the end of the Portuguese Presidency, on 30 June, and to hold the first intergovernmental conference.

“For the European Commission, all the conditions are met by North Macedonia and we must work together to adopt the negotiating framework and organize an intergovernmental conference”, Šefčovič said.