President Stevo Pendarovski met today in Malmo with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Portugal, Augusto Santos Silva, on the sidelines of the International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism “REMEMBER – REACT”.
At the meeting, President Pendarovski and Minister Silva discussed the possibilities for North Macedonia’s progress in European integration, ahead of the European Union meetings until the end of this year.
Expressing his gratitude for the support so far and the constructive proposals from Portugal to overcome the blockade caused by the objections of Bulgaria, President Pendarovski underlined that the prolonged stalemate in the EU enlargement process would have long-term negative consequences on the development and stability of the entire region and expressed his expectation that the support from Portugal would intensify in the coming period.
The interlocutors at the meeting expressed expectation that during the current Slovenian presidency of the EU, a step forward would be made in the process of accession of North Macedonia to the EU.
In this regard, President Pendarovski stressed that the support of Portugal in the process of our accession to the European Union, especially in the field of environmental protection, administration reform and agriculture is welcome.
At the meeting, President Pendarovski and Minister Silva also discussed the bilateral relations between the two countries, expressing readiness to improve the overall relations, as well as the development of political dialogue at the highest level. The interlocutors also stressed the need to strengthen the economic cooperation.