President Ivanov in Brussels to request financial and technical assistance

President Ivanov in Brussels to request financial and technical assistance

Skopje, 24 November 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Naser Pajaziti

During his visit in Brussels, President of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has sought help from the European Union in order to cope with the refugee crisis. As of yesterday, Ivanov is staying in Brussels on an official visit, where he met with senior officials of the European Commission, while today, he will continue his agenda of meetings with NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg.

In the meeting with the vice president of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, Ivanov requested financial and technical assistance for the country, in order to cope with the refugee crisis.

“From the beginning of the crisis, the country has coped through its own sources and EU assistance has been lacking. We must have financial and technical assistance”, president Ivanov said.

According to him, FYR Macedonia is complying with all international obligations for the treatment of refugees, offering humanitarian aid, in spite of the lack of capacities.

Meanwhile, Mr. Timmermans said that EU aid and support for FYROM would soon come. /ibna/