Luxembourg – The EU’s European Affairs Ministers discussed on Tuesday the adoption of the negotiating frameworks of North Macedonia and Albania, but according to EU diplomatic sources, Bulgaria refused to change its position, MIA reports from Brussels.
Skopje – North Macedonia has met the necessary conditions and negotiations should be opened now. As an official of the Swedish government, I firmly believe that negotiations with North Macedonia should have been opened already and the EU had decided on it in March 2020, Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde told a joint news conference alongside Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani in Skopje.
Skopje – There’s only a chance in theory North Macedonia to be approved to open negotiations with the EU on June 24-25 at the EU summit since Bulgaria at the moment is in the midst of complex political conditions and context and the head of state is the only one with full political mandate to lift the veto, i.e. a decision to be made by the EU leaders, Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani said Tuesday.
Skopje – Prime Minister Zoran Zaev held on Tuesday a working breakfast with Ambassadors of Visegrád Group (V4) countries during which he thanked them for the strong support for EU enlargement with the Western Balkans.
Skopje – North Macedonia on Tuesday recorded 13 new infections, after a total of 2,952 COVID-19 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours. 31 coronavirus patients recovered and no fatalities were registered in the same period, the Health Ministry said Tuesday citing data of the Institute of Public Health.
Sofia – Bulgaria reaffirmed its position on the European perspective of the Republic of North Macedonia at Tuesday’s General Affairs Council in Luxembourg all the while remaining open to constructive dialogue with the upcoming Slovenian presidency of the Council of the EU for finding mutually acceptable solutions.
Ljubljana – The EU needs to move “as soon as possible” from a wait-and-see approach to a problem-solving strategy in dealing with enlargement and the Western Balkans, Slovenian Foreign Minister Anže Logar told EURACTIV in an interview about the priorities for his country’s upcoming EU Council presidency.
Madrid – The leaders of a movement that pushed for Catalonian independence from Spain in 2017 have been released from prison, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Tuesday, despite nationwide calls for their continued incarceration.