Borrell meets North Macedonia’s PM Zaev

The EU delivered to Skopje the first batch of a total of 120.000 vaccines, fully financed by the Union

Photo: EU Zoran Zaev and Josep Borrell (L-R).

The high level of North Macedonia’s alignment with EU Foreign and Security Policy was highlighted by EU High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell on Tuesday during his meeting in Brussels with RNM’s PM Zoran Zaev. 

For me, it is very important that you very courageously – and sometimes paying a price - you have been aligning with our Common Foreign and Security Policy, we appreciate it a lot, the EU HR said, adding: “I understand that it is an expression of your commitment to the European path for your country”.

The EU foreign policy chief also accented on the importance of the Western Balkans and EU’s continued commitment to the region. He said as well that on Monday at the Foreign Affairs Council, all ministers reaffirmed the European perspective of the whole region and that "here was a strong support to convene the first Intergovernmental Conference for North Macedonia as soon as possible".

“We know that you have been waiting for a long time – 16 years maybe. You are the second longest lasting country at the door of enlargement. But I can tell you that there was a strong support from all ministers for the first conference to take place,” the EU HR pointed out.

Borrell stressed that North Macedonia can count on the EU’s support when it comes to finding a solution to advance on the accession path, but also when it comes to vaccines.

We just delivered the first batch of a total of 120.000 fully EU financed vaccines for North Macedonia, he said specifying that this comes without a string attached, without conditionality. “These are geopolitical challenges for us to help the Western Balkans in general and - North Macedonia in particular - to face the pandemic.”

 

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