OSMANI: NORDIC PROGRESS PROJECT- CONTINUOUS SUPPORT FOR THE EUROPEAN INTEGRATION OF THE COUNTRY
Minister for European Affairs Bujar Osmani had a meeting with the Norwegian Ambassador Arne Sanes Bjornstad and
the Swedish Ambassador to the country Mats Staffanson.
The main topic of
the meeting was the assistance for North Macedonia for joining the EU within
the Nordic Progress Project, as well as the topics related to the European
integration of the country from the point of view of the increased financial
assistance for implementation of reforms and support of the country's policies
in the accession period.
Sweden have always been our strong supporters and friendly countries,
especially in the support of our strategic goals and priorities, such as the
accession of the country to the EU, and in that sense I am satisfied with the
direct support to the most important process in the country at this very
moment- the EU accession negotiations, as part of the overall process of the
European integration,# stated Osmani.
Osmani referred in detail to the support that the Secretariat is using in this
period, which is focused on preparation for the implementation of the second
phase of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA), establishment of
the negotiating structure, as well as improving the transparency of the
institution in relation to the overall European integration process.
Last year a Memorandum of Understanding was signed
between North Macedonia and Norway, which provides bilateral project
cooperation in support of the socio-economic development, in particular in the
underdeveloped regions and the country's European integration process by the
Deputy Prime Minister Osmani and Ambassador Bjornstad, for financial assistance
to the country in an amount of over 3 million euros annually, which is a
continuation of the bilateral cooperation lasting over two decades.