Skopje awaits formation of political government in Sofia, one step forward on country’s path to EU

Skopje awaits formation of political government in Sofia, one step forward on country’s path to EU

The Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev expects the formation of a political government in Sofia because, as he says, it is necessary for the Bulgarian citizens, but also because he expects a step forward in resolving the problem.

However, according to analysts, the chances of a change in Sofia’s attitude towards Skopje regarding the adoption of the negotiating framework and the start of negotiations by the end of the year are extremely small.

After the first parliamentary elections in Bulgaria in April, but also the second ones last Sunday, in just three months, according to preliminary results, they have almost the same result as the April elections, after which no one managed to form a government.

At the same time, Zaev has stated that he supports “the” Resolution “of VMRO-DPMNE and will stand behind it, so that” it is clear to all that we are all together in the protection of the macedonian language and identity “, stressing at the same time that the constitutional name must be respected.

Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani, on the other hand, in a working meeting with the ambassadors of EU countries, said yesterday that the start of negotiations is a top priority for diplomacy during the Slovenian Presidency.

Commenting on Bulgarian President Rumen Radev’s statement that Bulgaria’s policy towards Northern Macedonia depends on an open and constructive dialogue between the two countries, Zaev agrees on the need for dialogue between Skopje and Sofia.

“Too often President Radev says it is not resolved in Brussels or Washington and I agree, it is resolved bilaterally in Skopje or Sofia, and friends who encourage us to find solutions are always welcome. At the working meeting on 17 June, I think we looked at all the details, important for us, important for the Bulgarian side. The hope remains to form the Bulgarian Parliament and, above all, to form a political government that will lead the executive power of the Republic of Bulgaria, because the issue in Brussels is being addressed through the government and I believe that the implementation of the roadmap “It will start very soon, which will benefit the citizens of both countries in different regions,” Zaev told a news conference yesterday.

Political analysts Simonida Kacarska of the Institute for European Policy and Marko Trosanovski of the Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” in Skopje await the final results of the Bulgarian elections in which there is a battle between Boyko Borissov’s GERB and “Is There Such a People?” ”(YTL) by Slavi Trifonov, who has a small advantage of less than one percent, estimates that a possible minority government in Sofia will be short-lived and one step closer to new early elections, perhaps at the same time as the presidential elections in the autumn. . In such circumstances, the chances of a change in Sofia’s attitude towards Skopje regarding the adoption of the negotiating framework and the start of negotiations by the end of the year seem difficult.

The SDSM supports the resolution submitted by VMRO-DPMNE and fully supports the protection of the Macedonian language and identity, Zaev said, but also points out that the constitutional name of the state must be respected.

“If someone wants to avoid the constitutional name, let him do it alone, we will not participate here. We will not violate the Constitution. The constitutional name of the country is the Republic of Northern Macedonia. “We support the VMRO-DPMNE Declaration, we will support it, to make it clear to everyone that we are all together in the protection of the Macedonian language and identity, but that does not mean that we must violate the Constitution,” Zaev said.

The adoption of such a resolution, according to political analysts, is good for building a cross-party strategy and approach to difficult issues, such as talks with Sofia.

Regarding the adoption of a resolution that will be defended by all political parties in Parliament and will draw the “red lines”, Kacarska believes that it will provide legitimacy to the positions inside and outside the country of any future government in talks to resolve differences with Bulgaria, while for Trosanovski it is time for the parties to unite on such an important issue of national interest./ibna