The Prime Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev, together with the Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Nikola Dimitrov and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Bujar Osmani, held a working meeting on Friday with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal Augusto Santos Silva and the EU Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy Oliver Varhelyi.
🇲🇰🇪🇺 Имаме добра основа за отстранување на пречките за отворање на преговорите на Северна Македонија со ЕУ, со решение кое не задира во македонските идентитетски прашања и за кое сме убедени дека е прифатливо и за круцијалните позиции на Бугарија. pic.twitter.com/RShhJsDcSu
— Зоран Заев (@Zoran_Zaev) May 21, 2021
At the meeting, Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva and EU Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy Oliver Varhelyi presented proposed solutions to the problem between the Republic of North Macedonia and the Republic of Bulgaria, which aim to unblock the opening of the country’s negotiations with the EU by holding the first intergovernmental conference.
Immediately after the meeting, Zoran Zaev made a statement to the citizens and the media.
“Portuguese Foreign Minister Silva and European Commissioner Varhelyi today approved a draft solution aimed at tackling the problem between the Republic of North Macedonia and the Republic of Bulgaria.
On this occasion, I would like to thank both Minister Silva and EU Commissioner Varhelyi for their professionalism, commitment and determination to help North Macedonia, Bulgaria, the entire Western Balkans, and therefore the whole Europe, all together to continue on the path to progress and prosperity.
I, with the team in the Government in charge of these negotiations, primarily with the Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs Nikola Dimitrov and the Minister of Foreign Affairs Bujar Osmani, will seriously and responsibly consider all the details of the proposed solution.
It is important that at this moment we can clearly and responsibly say that the proposal is a good basis for reaching a solution to the problem, a solution that will remove all obstacles and open the negotiations by holding the first intergovernmental conference on North Macedonia.
For us, it is especially important that this proposed solution does not touch or encroach on our macedonian identity issues, which satisfies our crucial position, and we are strongly convinced that the proposal is a good basis for the crucial positions of Bulgaria.
After this, we think we are at the right time to go one step further, let us all make an effort and reach an agreement as soon as possible in the interest of a common European future.
This is what the citizens of our two countries expect and demand, this is what the Europeans expect, we owe it to ourselves, we owe it to the people.
We have good will, we are careful and we have understanding for our neighbors,
we have the clear positions of the macedonian identity that we do not negotiate
and for which Brussels has shown understanding and I hope that with the same approach we will meet Sofia for the good of both the people and the common future of the two countries as neighbors and friends, as members of NATO and as future partners and members. of the EU./ibna