The Republic of North Macedonia is going through a process of essential reforms, Prime Minister Zoran Zaev stated on Thursday at the end of the meeting with Prime Minister Viorica Dancila at the Victoria Palace, mentioning that “he changed “the political climate in the country” and placed North Macedonia “on a clear path of democracy.”
“Eleven years ago, here, in Bucharest, an historic opportunity for our country to join the North Atlantic Alliance was blown. Today, based on the past, we are building the future. We thank Romania for supporting the Republic of North Macedonia in its European aspirations. (…) NATO and the EU are necessary for the Republic of North Macedonia, [they] mean stability, safety and progress. The Republic of North Macedonia is going through a process of essential reforms, we know that the implementation of law is paramount, we know that we have to bring results in key-areas of reform, this is why, every day, with dedication, we are working in all these areas for European principles and values. We changed the political climate in the country, we placed the Republic of North Macedonia on a clear path of democracy, we made courageous steps in order to reach an agreement with the neighboring country Bulgaria and the neighboring country Greece,” Prime Minister Zoran Zaev told a joint press statement with PM Dancila.
PM Dancila: Legislative process ratifying Accession Protocol of North Macedonia to NATO, to be concluded in upcoming period
In her turn, PM Viorica Dancila stated that the legislative process under which Romania is ratifying the Accession Protocol of the Republic of North Macedonia to the North Atlantic Alliance will be concluded in the upcoming period.
“The beneficial effects of the Prespa Agreement have already materialized, by bringing the country [the Republic of North Macedonia] closer to NATO and we hope that they will also bring results as regards the European path of the country. I assured my counterpart in North Macedonia of the full support of Romania for his country to become the 30th NATO allied state as soon as possible, and informed him that the legislative process by which Romania ratifies the Accession Protocol of the Republic of North Macedonia to the Alliance will be inked in the upcoming period. To that end, the ratification bill was approved by the Romanian Government and adopted unanimously in the Chamber of Deputies yesterday [Wednesday – ed.n.]. I assured my counterpart in North Macedonia of the strong support of Romania for the European path of his country and encouraged him to continue the reform process in order to have the arguments needed to make a decision on the opening of negotiations for joining the European Union,” Prime Minister Dancila said at Victoria Palace, at the joint statements with the Prime Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia, Zoran Zaev, after the meeting of the two prime ministers.
She mentioned that during the talks with Zaev, the stage of bilateral co-operation was also approached and they have found progress has been made since the last meeting of the two prime ministers.
“We have discussed at the same time about the bilateral economic relations, which I believe should be improved, thus allowing us to make full use of the existing cooperation potential among our countries. It is obvious that trade is on an upwards trend and we have agreed on measures to boost our relations in the future as well. In this respect, we have agreed to organize a bilateral business forum by the end of this year, allowing for greater cooperation between companies in the two countries. We have also submitted the proposal to conclude a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of investments. We have agreed to organize new meetings of the Joint Committees already existing on the basis of bilateral agreements. (…) We would like to intensify the cooperation between the two countries in the cultural and educational field and I was delighted to learn that the Parliament of the Republic North Macedonia has the ratification of the agreement with Romania in this area on its agenda. I expressed the conviction that the entry into force of this agreement will create new opportunities and a more consistent and diversified support granted to the programs for the people belonging to our kindred minorities,” Premier Dancila said.
PSD’s Dragnea assures Zaev of Romania’s support in European aspiration’s of North Macedonia
Speaker of the Deputies Chamber Liviu Dragnea on Thursday will meet Zoran Zaev, the President of the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia, on which occasion he assured the Macedonian official about Romania’s support for North Macedonia’s European aspirations, while emphasizing the importance that our country grants to the EU’s enlargement to include the Western Balkans.
Bilateral discussions took place in the context of the adoption by the Deputies’ Chamber of the Law on the ratification of the Republic of North Macedonia’s Accession protocol with the North Atlantic Treaty organisation, informed a release of the Deputies’ Chamber.
“The meeting between the two officials is part of the increasing bilateral contacts in the latest while, in the context in which Romania holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union and also due to North Macedonia’s accession process with the Euro-Atlantic space. The Speaker of the Deputies’ Chamber assured the Macedonian side of Romania’s firm support in respect to the European aspirations of North Macedonia, with an emphasis on the importance that our country grants to EU’s enlargement to include the Western Balkans. Thus, the President of the Government of North Macedonia voiced his trust in the advancement of this country’s EU accession process, after the progresses recorded,” specified the press release of the Deputies’ Chamber.
At the same time, Liviu Dragnea specified that the NATO accession invitation represents a historic moment, as it reconfirms our country’s readiness to collaborate both during the accession negotiations and after their conclusion.
The agenda of the discussion also included the cultural minorities topic, as the Aromanian community in North Macedonia and the Macedonian on our country territory, have the capacity of contributing of a significant manner to the strengthening and expansion of the bilateral relations, especially in the economic and trade fields.
The Macedonia delegation included Bujar Osmani, the Deputy President of the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia for European Affairs, Andrej Zernovski, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Gabriel Atanasov, Ambassador of the North Macedonia Republic in Romania. On behalf of Romania there participated in the meeting also Venera Popescu, the representative of the Macedonian minority and Viorel Stanila, the Romanian Ambassador to Skopje.