Meeting with Loiseau, Minister for European Affairs at the MFA in France WE EXPECT VISIBILITY OF MACEDONIA'S PROGRESS TOWARDS EU AND NATO
Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs Bujar Osmani, had a meeting with Minister
for European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of France,
Natalie Loiseau within his working visit to Paris.
the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Osmani and Minister Loiseau discussed the
process of Euro-Atlantic integration of the country, as well as for the
bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
informed Loiseau about the implementation of Plan 3-6-9 and pointed out that
the implementation of the first part of the Plan - Part 3 is at the very end,
having over 80% of the measures implemented, while the remaining 20% are
currently implemented. He added that credible local elections are crown of Part
3 of Plan 3-6-9, and given the OSCE-ODIHR's assessment of the elections, which
was confirmed by the Delegation of the European Union in Skopje, we had fair
conditions for competition, a peaceful election day, something we expect to be
repeated in the second round on Sunday.
also pointed out that the removal of the numerous political obstacles that the
Republic of Macedonia was facing on the road to Euro-Atlantic integration, such
as the Treaty on good neighbourly relations with Bulgaria, the new draft law on
the use of languages, and the launching of the confidence-building measures
with the Republic of Greece. Having that in mind, Osmani stressed, the
Government has confirmed the declarative commitment to the European and
Euro-Atlantic integrations, for which it received clear support from the
citizens in the current elections.
Prime Minister Osmani expressed satisfaction with the current support from
France for the country's integration in EU and NATO, as well as the country's
positive role in the integration of the Western Balkans countries. "In
line with the successful implementation of the obligations by the Republic of
Macedonia, I expect concrete steps by the European Union, as well as from the
Member States of the Union, which would be aimed at strengthening the European
perspectives of the Republic of Macedonia and visibility in the progress towards
the EU and NATO "- Osmani stated. He reiterated the Government's ambitions
to remove the conditionality of the recommendation by the end of the year at
the December Summit, to receive positive report and a clean recommendation from
the Commission in April, next year, as well as receining date for start of the
negotiations by the end of the next year. Osmani also asked for concrete
support from France in this process as a supporter of the EU's enlargement
policy, saying that he expects to use his role in the Union's decision-making
process to further accelerate the unblocking of the process.
During the visit to France, Deputy Prime
Minister Osmani will meet with Emanuel Lenan, Advisor to the Prime Minister's
Cabinet, as well as Sabine Thillaye, President of the Committee on European
Affairs at the National Assembly. At the end of the visit, Osmani's agenda also
includes a meeting with Bertrand Sore, President of the French-Macedonian Group
in the National Assembly of France.