OSMANI: POSITIVE SIGNALS FROM BRUSSELS- ENLARGEMENT PROCESS HIGH ON THE AGENDA AGAIN
The Deputy Prime Minister in
charge of European Affairs, Bujar Osmani had a meeting with the
Director-General for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement
Negotiations, Christian Danielsson.
At the meeting they discussed the
situation in the area of European integration of the country and the prospects
of returning the enlargement process high on the EI agenda, following the failure
to build consensus at the October EI Council meetings. "I am glad by the
fact that there are numerous initiatives by member states to return the
European integration process again high on the EU Agenda. There is of course
the initiative of Italy and Prime Minister Conte, then the letter to the
President of the EC by 16 signatory countries, and of course the French
document confirming the European perspectives of the Western Balkan countries
as full-fledged EU members.
"We hope that the EU will
use the forthcoming period to reconsider the possibility of setting a date for
the start of negotiations with North Macedonia during the Croatian presidency,
regardless of the process of modification of the negotiation methodology,"
Osmani said at the meeting, adding that the country remains ready for start of
negotiations, as it was in October, but it remains fully focused on the
obligations stemming from the harmonisation with the European rules and
"We are ready for
negotiations, as we were in October, and for us the only viable option is
full-fledged membership in the Union" - Osmani said.
The two interlocutors expressed
optimism given the positive signals from Member States and from Brussels for
support of the enlargement process, agreeing that the Republic of North
Macedonia belongs in the EU.