The President of the Republic of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski, received the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, Linas Linkevicius, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia, Edgars Rinkevics, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland, Jacek Czasputowicz, the Undersecretary for European Affairs of the Republic of Estonia, Mart Volmer, whose countries, members of the European Union, are part of the “Friends of Enlargement” group.
At the meeting, President Pendarovski expressed gratitude for their strong and continuous support for the integration of the Republic of North Macedonia in the European Union. In this context, he reaffirmed the expectation that the new methodology would be adopted later this month, thereby creating the possibility of opening accession negotiations for membership during Croatia’s EU presidency.
President Pendarovski emphasized that the North Macedonia, implementing the reform agenda, has shown in the past period political maturity and maximum commitment in securing its European and Euro-Atlantic future. In this regard, he emphasized the importance of our accession to the Union, as an important contribution to strengthening the stability and prosperity of Southeast Europe, but also of the European Union itself, with which we share the same values.
Speaking of good neighborly relations and cooperation as one of the basic preconditions for a stable and secure region, the President referred to the Prespa Agreement and the Agreement on Good Neighborly Relations and Cooperation with Bulgaria, which are a positive example in the Balkans.
The meeting also discussed the latest developments ahead of the early parliamentary elections in North Macedonia. In this context, President Pendarovski emphasized the importance of holding the elections in a fair and democratic atmosphere, with the new government focused on continuing to deliver reform results, in the interest of the citizens and our European future.