North Macedonia: Zaev and Merkel speak over the phone

North Macedonia: Zaev and Merkel speak over the phone

North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev had a phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, sharing the two countries’ common interest and goal to hold under the German EU presidency the first intergovernmental conference in December, in order to launch negotiations on North Macedonia’s accession to the EU, the government press service announced.

Zaev expressed his gratitude for the German EU Presidency’s increased commitment, for the personal involvement of Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, EU Secretary of State Michael Roth, as well as Chancellor Merkel’s personal commitment.

During the conversation, the Prime Minister stressed that Germany has done a lot for the European future of the Western Balkans, including the Berlin Process, which this year is co-chaired by the Republic of Bulgaria and the Republic of North Macedonia.

“In a telephone conversation between Chancellor Merkel and Prime Minister Zaev, they shared the the two countries’ common interest and goal to hold under the German EU presidency the first intergovernmental conference in December, in order to launch negotiations on North Macedonia’s accession to the EU. Prime Minister Zaev stressed that this is an opportunity that should not be missed, as the intensive involvement of stakeholders creates opportunities to achieve a common goal; to hold an intergovernmental conference to kickstart negotiations”, the government statement notes.

Regarding the COVID-19 situation in North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev announced that all state forces are dealing with the pandemic and thanked the Federal Republic of Germany and the EU for their assistance in the form of medical and protective equipment, as well as financial support, which shows the EU’s solidarity with the countries of the region and the Western Balkans overall. /ibna