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February 8, 2023

Macedonian Deputy PM for European Affairs pays official visit to Bucharest: A good opportunity to reaffirm Romania’s opening to deepen bilateral relations

Ciamba: Romania is determined, as EU Council Presidency, to endorse EU enlargement and support Macedonia


Romania is determined, as EU Council Presidency, to endorse the European Union enlargement and will support the Republic of Macedonia in this respect, Minister-delegate for European Affairs George Ciamba told a joint press conference with Macedonian Deputy PM for European Affairs Bujar Osmani.

“It is the first foreign visit after the ratification of the Prespa Agreement [on the name of the Republic of Macedonia]. It is very important that it wished to do this to inform the Presidency of the Council of the EU about the fact that the Prespa Agreement is ratified. (…) The fact that the Prespa agreements have been ratified, both from the point of view of the Parliament in Skopje and that of the Parliament in Athens, during the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council and the fact that, practically, North Macedonia will become the official title of the Republic of Macedonia, as soon as the documents are filed and the UN is informed, represents something that is related to Romania, it is a positive thing in respect to what we want to do next. The fact that we said, since the beginning that, to us, the enlargement of the European Union is a very important thing, now it can be seen to produce results as well in solving the problems that existed among countries along history and that found their solving after 20 – 30 years. Romania is determined, as EU Council Presidency, to endorse the enlargement, taking into account the particularities and sensibilities of the member countries to work together for a positive result at the end of Romania’s mandate,” Ciamba said.

The Romanian minister added that, during the discussions, he mentioned the priorities of the Romanian Presidency at the EU Council and the value of cohesion.

“The value of cohesion is also reflected in what concerns the [EU] enlargement. It is very important not to forget that the manner in which the EU becomes more cohesive is also by speeding up the enlargement processes. (…) Romania supports the enlargement policy because it knows how beneficial was the enlargement for our country and it wants to share this experience with those who are on the path of joining the EU,” the Romanian official pointed out.

According to Ciamba, another discussion topic was the bilateral cooperation in the culture and education areas, as well as the manner in which Romania can concretely help Macedonia on the path of accessing the EU.

The Romanian minister also mentioned the meeting that PM Viorica Dancila had on Monday with the Macedonian Deputy PM and the fact that an invitation was addressed to the PM of the Republic of Macedonia to pay a visit to Romania during the period when it holds the rotating presidency of the EU Council.

“It is important that this dialogue will not stop here and it will continue throughout the presidency. (…) It will be important to us that the beginning of the accession negotiations for North Macedonia take place during our mandate as Presidency at the EU Council,” Ciamba said.

The Macedonian Deputy PM congratulated Romania on the EU Council Presidency and wished success to the authorities in Bucharest in meeting the proposed objectives.

“We, as a country, as well as all the countries in the Western Balkans see this as an excellent opportunity, because we have a friend country in the region which is holding the EU Council Presidency in the next six critical months that will define the future of Europe and that of my country,” Bujar Osmani said.

He mentioned that the signing of the agreement with Greece was concluded and, also, the legislative part of the peaceful inter-ethnic agreement of 2001, and these processes represent for Macedonia the opening of the path to an Euro-Atlantic future. “The European idea was the one that led us, that helped us achieve this success and, that is why, it is important that we concluded this chapter and we managed to do so during the Romanian Presidency at the EU Council, and we shall begin the negotiations, after 15 years of waiting, as candidacy of the state for this opportunity. (…) I believe this success will have effects in the region, will encourage other countries in the region to conduct these brave actions, such as Serbia, Kosovo, so that the entire region be in these stable waters and integrate the region in the European Union,” he pointed out.

Bujar Osmani said that during the meeting with PM Viorica Dancila he informed her that Parliament of Macedonia will ratify the bilateral agreement with Romania in the coming months.

“It is an ongoing aspect, according to the country’s Constitution, but this will open the possibility of a close cooperation. (…) We want to organise a big business forum, here, in Bucharest, in which companies will be able to come and communicate with the business sector of Romania. We believe that on an economic and political level, having a stable situation and beginning the negotiations with the EU and NATO, my country will be a secure space for businessmen and investors,” the Macedonian official also said.


Dancila-Osmani meeting: Romania supports the adhesion of Macedonia to EU


“The official visit to Romania of the Vice PM Osmani is the first visit paid after the Macedonian Parliament ratified the Law amending the Constitution and takes place in the context in which our country holds the Presidency of the Council of European Union”, mentions a press release of the Government issued on Monday,  after the meeting of PM Viorica Dancila with the Macedonian Deputy PM for European Affairs, Bujar Osmani.

“The meeting between the two officials was a good opportunity to reaffirm Romania’s opening to deepen the bilateral relations as a whole, to continue the discussions held by PM Dancila during her official visit to Skopje on July 27, 2018. The level of the bilateral dialogue and the consistent growth of the bilateral trade have been saluted”, also reads the quoted document.

PM Viorica Dancila congratulated the Macedonian Parliament for adopting the Law amending the Constitution of the country on January 11, 2019, thus meeting the requirements assumed by the Government of Skopje under the historical agreement from Prespa. The Romanian high official also expressed her satisfaction on the positive vote given by the Parliament of Athens for the ratification of the Prespa Agreement on January 25, 2019.

At the meeting, the Romanian PM reiterated the consistent support given by Romania for the Euro-Atlantic integration of the Republic of Macedonia, expressing the trust that the Republic of Northern Macedonia, with the new constitutional name of the country, will become the 30th member of the Alliance.

In this context, the Romanian dignitary assured the Macedonian high official that Romania supports the adhesion of its country to EU and encouraged the Macedonian authorities to continue the reformation process to obtain concrete results during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

“In his turn, the Macedonian PM highlighted the need to continue developing the bilateral relations, in particular in the economic field, and appreciated that organizing an economic forum with the participation of the representatives of the business sector of the two countries would be a useful instrument in this regard”, the Government’s press release also informs.


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