Osmani and Dimitrov in Brussels to meet Federica Mogherini
OSMANI: CREDIBLE ENLARGEMENT PROCESS OF THE UNION IS NOT POSSIBLE WITHOUT MACEDONIA
Deputy Prime Minister of the Government in charge of European Affairs, Bujar Osmani with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Dimitrov, had a working meeting with the Vice President of the European Commission and High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, during their visit to Brussels, where they opened the topics of the Union's enlargement, the challenges facing the countries of the region, as well as the overall challenges facing the continent.
At the meeting, Osmani pointed out the successful implementation of Plan 3-6-9, which he expects, by the end of its implementation, will fully reflect the requirements of the Union for Reforms in Macedonia that would be implemented in an appropriate time frame. Furthermore, Osmani conveyed the intention of the Government to boldly and positively focus on closing all open political issues, as well as the dispute with Greece on the use of the constitutional name of the Republic of Macedonia. In that context, Osmani pointed to the expectations of the Government, as well as the citizens of the Republic of Macedonia, for the concrete steps by the Union, which would be aimed at the visibility of the European perspectives of Macedonia.
Osmani also pointed out the position of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who in his annual address to the Union, stressed that for a secure European Union, it is necessary to maintain a credible process of enlargement of the Union with the Western Balkans countries. According to Osmani, that would not be possible if the Commission does not include Macedonia in its strategy for the enlargement of the Union by 2025, which would be drafted at the beginning of next year, but also with the other concrete steps that would provide a basis for further strengthening of European optimism in the country and the region. "It is not possible to have the credibility of the enlargement process, without Macedonia being part of the European Commission's Strategy for the Enlargement of the Union," Osmani stated. He added that appropriate conditions have been created for the year 2018 to be a historic year for Macedonia in terms of Euro-Atlantic ambitions, when he expects progress that will close the EU and NATO issue in Macedonia. This, emphasised Osmani, is important for the Union in order to be able to deal with the new challenges easily, more important for the stability of the region, and the most important for the Republic of Macedonia, which must not afford to miss this momentum of European optimism.
During the visit, Osmani and Dimitrov had a working breakfast with the EU Member States’ ministers of foreign affairs, where they briefed on the progress in fulfilling obligations arising from the Euro-integration processes, as well as a meeting with EU Commissioner for Enlargement Johannes Hahn. In his agenda Osmani has an address at the independent think tank institute, European Policy Center (EPC), on the topic "Plan 3-6-9: further improvement of Macedonia's EU integration process", and on the sidelines of the visit, Osmani will have a meeting with the Director for Western Balkans in DG NEAR, Genoveva Ruiz Calavera.