The President of the Republic of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski, had a telephone conversation with the President of the Federal Republic of Austria, Alexander Van der Bellen.
During the conversation, information was exchanged on the situation in the two countries, in the context of dealing with the consequences of the spread of COVID-19.
President Pendarovski briefed the Austrian President on the measures taken by state authorities to deal with the pandemic, including the decision to re-declare a state of emergency in the next 30 days.
In the conversation, President Van der Bellen conveyed some of the Austrian experiences and measures taken by the state in dealing with the spread of COVID-19.
Welcoming the assistance provided by some of the companies with dominant Austrian capital in the country to deal with the consequences of the pandemic, as well as the current assistance at the European Union level and the demonstrated solidarity with the country, President Pendarovski in the conversation with the Austrian President Van der Bellen stressed the need for comprehensive assistance from the European Union to the countries of the region in dealing with the consequences of the spread of COVID-19 for the healthcare, economic and social system.
President Pendarovski also thanked for the clear Austrian support for the aspirations of North Macedonia for membership in the European Union and stressed that the recent decision to start accession negotiations is a well-deserved recognition of the country’s efforts in the past period. President Pendarovski expressed hope that, in these extraordinary circumstances, the European Union would find modalities for moving the integration process forward.