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Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 

FM Dimitrov presents reform priorities of Macedonia's new government at Brussels Centre for European Policy Studies

FM Dimitrov presents reform priorities of Macedonia

Skopje, 17 July 2017 (MIA) - Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov presented Monday the reform priorities of Macedonia's new government at the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels.

The EU membership is Macedonia's strategic goal and the reform priorities specified in the plan, dubbed 3-6-9 (time schedule of their realization in months), are a proof of the country's determination to turn that objective into reality, Dimitrov said at the presentation.

'This plan is actually a guideline that foresees concrete dynamics of activities that should yield attainable European perspective. It is also a litmus-test of our political will and capacity to deal with challenges and catch the EU train that has been passing us by. Our failures should be notified, but our successes should be valorized...The EU could make a difference in the region, it should demonstrate a leadership in its Balkan-related policy. It is necessary and possible because the Balkans' place is in Europe,' Dimitrov said.

The new reform government, he said, is oriented to the future.

'We have to create new image of a modern, democratic state, where institutions exist for citizens, not elites, and where the law is above everyone and applies to everybody,' Dimitrov said.

Dimitrov also presented the plan to members of the EU the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER), who commended the reform agenda of new Macedonia's government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release.

Tomorrow, Dimitrov will co-chair the EU-Macedonia Stabilisation and Association Council along with EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, which will be also attended by the Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, and Macedonia's Vice-Premier for European Affairs Bujar Osmani. lk/20:56

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