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Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă's visit to the Republic of Macedonia

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă met with her Macedonian counterpart Zoran Zaev

 

On an official visit to the Republic of Macedonia, Prime Minister Viorica Dancila had today a meeting with the Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev. During the meeting which took place shortly after the  meeting held on the sidelines of the 16+1 Summit in Sofia, on July 4, 2018, the two high officials continued the talks on topics of common interest, such as: the stage of bilateral cooperation, European and Euro- Atlantic integration of the Republic of Macedonia as well as the recent regional developments.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila reconfirmed the Romanian Government’s firm political support for the European and Euro- Atlantic path of the Republic of Macedonia and the availability to provide technical assistance for EU and NATO accession processes. In this context, the senior Romanian official passed congratulations for the Republic of Macedonia having recently received confirmation from Brussels regarding the opening of the EU accession negotiations, as well as for having received the invitation to join NATO. Also, the Head of the Executive congratulated her Macedonian counterpart and the team of Ministers for the major efforts made lately, in the context in which the EU and NATO accession is a major objective undertaken by the current Skopje Government.

Romanian Prime Minister reiterated the satisfaction for the positive content of the EU Council Conclusions of June 2018, which open the way to the start of the EU accession negotiations, respectively setting a roadmap to allow, based on fulfilling the conditionalities, the adoption of a decision to launch them on June 2019 and holding until the end of 2019, the first accession conference.

The high Romanian official mentioned that the two opportunities had been opened especially due to the Republic of Macedonia’s courageous and historical decision to sign an agreement on its constitutional name, with Greece, and she voiced confidence in the maturity of the Macedonian public opinion whose support is necessary for the Prespa historical agreement to produce long –term beneficial effects.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila underlined the importance that the future Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU will attach to the continuation of the EU enlargement policy and encouraged the high Macedonian official to continue the reform efforts to achieve the necessary progress before the end of Romania’s mandate in June 2019.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila expressed the will to open together new prospects for cooperation at bilateral level through political dialogue, work-level meetings, and intensification of sectorial cooperation. The high Romanian official emphasized the new opportunities offered by Romania to the Macedonian minority by instituting the Day of Macedonian Language, on December 8, and called for similar attention from Skopje for the Aromanian minority in Macedonia.

The two Prime Ministers approached the need for developing the current significant potential of the bilateral economic cooperation, among the initiatives discussed being the organization of a bilateral economic Forum in the future, as well as the initiation of an analysis on the opportunity of direct flights Bucharest-Skopje. Also, the two Prime Ministers agreed on a series of measures for the swift completion of the package of bilateral agreements in progress in Bucharest and Skopje.

 

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă was welcomed by the Vice-President of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia Goran Misovski

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila, currently on an official visit in Skopje, had a meeting with the Vice President of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia Goran Misovski.

On this occasion, the two dignitaries held talks about strengthening parliamentary cooperation and the importance of parliamentary diplomacy, in both boosting bilateral relations, as well as the integration processes in the EU and NATO.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila voiced congratulations for the progress achieved by the Republic of Macedonia in the European and Euro-Atlantic integration processes, and referred to the latter having recently received the invitation to join NATO and the recent conclusions of the Council of the European Union on the enlargement process.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila emphasized the importance that the future Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, in the first semester of next year, will attach to the EU enlargement process, and she recommended support, at a parliamentary level, with a view to adopting and implementing reforms, in order to be able to use the opportunity offered through the latest conclusions of the Council of the EU, namely to fulfill the conditionalities necessary to start the EU accession negotiations in 2019.

The Romanian Prime Minister underlined the importance of continuing the dialogue between all the political forces at parliamentary level, as regards both the reform process and the implementation of the Historic Agreement with Greece.

Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă was welcomed by the President of the Republic of Macedonia Gjorge Ivanov

 

During her official visit to Skopje, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă had a meeting with the President of the Republic of Macedonia Gjorge Ivanov.

The two dignitaries discussed about the current level of bilateral relations and they agreed to continue the steps towards strengthening bilateral dialogue, including on the topic of economic cooperation where there is a great potential.

During her meeting with the President Gjorge Ivanov, the Romanian Prime Minister congratulated the Republic of Macedonia for its progress in the European and Euro-Atlantic integration processes, Macedonia’s major cross-party foreign policy objectives. Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă also underlined the importance that the future Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU will attach to the continuation of the EU enlargement policy and mentioned the need for all political forces to undertake a constructive role in adopting and implementing reforms in order to be able to use the opportunity offered through the latest conclusions of the Council of the EU, namely to fulfill the conditionalities necessary to start the EU accession negotiations in 2019.

Furthermore, Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă reminded Romania’s availability to provide assistance in the EU negotiation process and NATO accession process, taking into account Romania’s relevant experience in these demarches.



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