Participation of President Pendarovski in the panel discussion “Spotlight: Balkans” at the Munich Security Conference

17 February 2024 | Press Releases

President Stevo Pendarovski, within his participation in the 60th Munich Security Conference, spoke today at the panel discussion “Spotlight: Balkans”, which was also attended by the President of Montenegro, Jakov Milatovic, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania, Edi Rama, and the US Senator Jeanne Shaheen, a member of the US Senate Committee on International Relations.

The event discussed the prospects for the integration of the countries of the Western Balkans into the European Union, and the possibilities for unblocking the process.

Regarding the prospects for changing the Constitution, as an obstacle to the continuation of the integration of North Macedonia, President Pendarovski said that it will not be possible until the elections are held, because the country is already in the so-called technical phase with the formation of the transitional government, whose sole task is to organize fair and democratic elections.

President Pendarovski pointed to the decline of interest in the EU in the region, pointing to the Macedonian example, that even after difficult compromises, the country has made no progress in the EU integration.

He added that the European Union was not a matter of the day years ago in the entire region of the Western Balkans, not only in North Macedonia, pointing out that the roadblock to the EU brings polarization between the Macedonian citizens themselves in relation to the EU, not only on an ethnic basis.

The speakers on the panel pointed to the need to provide a clear European perspective for the candidate states for EU membership, which will positively affect the overall stability and prosperity of the region.

At the event, the importance of the support that the US gives to the European integration process of the countries of the region and the continuation of the reform agenda in that context was highlighted.

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