Borrell stressed the importance RNM to continue advance on rule of law

Photo: EU Josep Borrell (R) and Stevo Pendarovski (L).

During his meeting on Tuesday with President of the RNM Stevo Pendarovski in Brussels, HR/VP Josep Borrell reiterated North Macedonia’s clear and uncontested EU perspective and looked forward to the adoption of the negotiating framework by the Council so that the first intergovernmental conference can be held as soon as possible.

The HR/VP stressed the importance of continuing to advance on EU reforms, in particular on the rule of law, in the interest of the country’s citizens. He welcomed the country’s enhanced record of alignment with the EU’s foreign and security policy.

Borrell and Pendarovski discussed geopolitical and regional developments and the privileged partnership between the EU and the Western Balkans. This included the regional cooperation to help unlock economic potential and prepare the region for EU membership.

They also discussed the challenges linked to the Covid-19 pandemic. The EU has provided unprecedented financial assistance and strong partnership with the Western Balkans since the start of the pandemic and remains committed to helping the Western Balkans also in the aftermath. In this regard, the EU has put on the table an Economic Investment Plan of up to €9bn to pave the way for more connected, green, and people-focused growth in the Western Balkans.

The North Macedonia’s President met as well with EUCO President Charles Michel, EP President David Sassoli and EU Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi.

Commissioner Várhelyi tweeted after the meeting: “Welcomed President Pendarovski in Brussels today. Underlined support for official launch of accession talks and need for EU Council to agree on negotiating framework. Important that North Macedonia and Bulgaria find mutually acceptable solution for bilateral issues”.




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