OSMANI: NORTH MACEDONIA IS A PROTECTOR OF THE EUROPEAN CREDIBILITY ON THE BALKANS
Deputy Prime Minister for European affairs Bujar
Osmani, who pays a working visit to the Republic of Italy, had a meeting with
the Minister for European Affairs of the Republic of Italy, Vinzenzo Amendola.
"The meeting of the EU Council next week is
fundamental to us, as a country which has fulfilled all the preconditions and
commitments, for which we deserved to expect the start of negotiations with the
EU this year," Osmani said, noting that the start of accession
negotiations with The Republic of North Macedonia with the EU this year will
also be an encouragement for the whole region in the implementation of the
"And not just for us, but beyond, the upcoming
EU summit is a kind of milestone through which will be paved the prospects of
the negotiations, as one of Europe's most successful political projects in
general. Without proper recognition for the progress of North Macedonia, not
only will the EU's credibility in the region be worn out, but it will
jeopardize further the enlargement process and lose the positive transformation
power of the European perspective, "Osmani said.
During the meeting, Osmani expressed gratitude for
Italy's support so far for the European integration of the Republic of North
Macedonia and received firm assurances from Minister Amedola that Italy remains
committed to the European integration of the entire Western Balkan region, with
strong support for the start of the negotiations with the Republic of North
Macedonia, ahead of the EU Summit next week.
During his working visit to Italy, Osmani also had a
meeting with the President of the Committee on Relations with the Western
Balkan countries in the Italian Senate, Luciano D`alfonso, where in addition to
the topics of the European integration of the region and the country, the
Senate's upcoming activities were also discussed, on ratification of the NATO
protocol by Italy, while Osmani received assurance that Italy will fulfil this
obligation in due time.
The visit to Italy is part of Deputy Prime Minister
Osmani's European tour to visit European capitals ahead of next week October EU