Deputy Prime Minister Ademi on bilateral meetings with Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia Davor Ivo Stier and Deputy Minister for European Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Mati Maasikas
During the Informal meeting of ministers
and state secretaries for European Affairs held in Valletta, Malta, Deputy
Prime Minister for European Affairs Arbër Ademi had separate bilateral meetings
with the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia Davor Ivo Stier
and the Deputy Minister for European Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
of Estonia, Mati Maasikas.
During the meetings Ademi reflected on the
political situation in the country after the early parliamentary elections, and
noted that there are ongoing negotiations on forming a new government.
"The EU membership remains a key
strategic priority of the country which means the new government will be
obliged to fully implement the Political agreement and commit to the
implementation of reforms in the areas covered by the Urgent Reform Priorities,
particularly in the areas of rule of law, judiciary and fight against
corruption, interception of communications, public administration reform and
media", said Ademi.
Also, we need to work on complete
implementation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement as a basis for further
improvement of the inter-ethnic relations in the country and further promotion
of the good neighbourly relations and resolving open bilateral issues.
At the meeting with Minister Stier the
continuous and consistent Croatian support to Macedonia was highlighted and the
good cooperation between the two countries, especially in the field of European
integration was emphasised. The large number of implemented joint activities to
exchange experiences is especially important for our administration in terms of
coordination of the integration process and harmonisation of national
legislation with the EU acquis.
Topics of mutual interest were initiated at
the meeting. At the meeting with the Deputy Minister Maasikas it was noted that
the establishment of closer cooperation is particularly important, as it is to
provide greater support in the EU bodies for initiation of the accession
negotiations, having in mind the Estonian presidency in the second half of
During the meetings, the interlocutors
agreed that beside the challenges EU is facing, the enlargement policy must
remain high on the EU agenda, and Ademi stressed that it is of great importance
to continue the support for Macedonia's accession by both countries, as well as
by the other countries from the region.