- Tuesday, November 14, 2017 12:47 PM
Brussels, 14 November 2017 (MIA) - European Union enlargement, challenges facing the countries in the region, including the overall challenges facing Europe were some of the topics discussed by Deputy PM in charge of European affairs Bujar Osmani and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Dimitrov, at their meeting in Brussels with Federica Mogherini, EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
At the meeting, Osmani noted the successful implementation of the Plan 3-6-9 saying he expected upon its completion the document to fully reflect the requirements of the Union prompting Macedonia to implement reforms that would be applied in an adequate timeline, the Secretariat for European Affairs said Tuesday.
The Deputy PM relayed the intention of the government in Macedonia to commit, 'boldly and positively', to closing all the open political issues, including the dispute with Greece over the use of the constitutional name of the Republic of Macedonia.
In this regard, Osmani pointed out the expectations of the government, as well as those of the citizens in Macedonia, for concrete steps by the EU in terms of boosting Europe's perspectives of Macedonia.
Deputy PM Osmani also pinpointed the position of the European Commission President, Jean Claude Juncker, who in his annual speech on the State of the Union claimed it was necessary to maintain the EU enlargement process by integrating the Western Balkan countries so as to protect the EU's security.
According to him, it would be impossible unless the EC included Macedonia in its enlargement strategy by 2025 that would be prepared in early 2018.
"The enlargement process would lack credibility unless Macedonia is injected in the EC's strategy on enlarging the EU," stressed Osmani.
Conditions are in place, he added, for 2018 to become a historic year for Macedonia considering its Euro-Atlantic aspirations and I expect progress will be made that might close the EU and NATO issue in Macedonia.
"It is considered crucial for the Union to be able to better handle the new challenges, more importantly for the stability of the region, and most importantly for Macedonia, because it cannot miss the current momentum of European optimism," concluded Deputy PM Osmani. ba/12:45
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