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Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 

FM Dimitrov: Reform processes in Macedonia have long-term, far-reaching mission

FM Dimitrov: Reform processes in Macedonia have long-term, far-reaching mission

Skopje, 7 February 2018 (MIA) - Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov addressed the 14. meeting of the EU-Macedonia Joint Parliamentary Committee in Brussels on Wednesday, reaffirming the priority of launching Union accession talks.

FM Dimitrov presented the Government's activities towards meeting EU membership criteria, highlighting the implementation of the Urgent Reform Priorities, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release.

He said reform processes in Macedonia have a long-term and far-reaching mission.

"We are committed to building a stable and prosperous society where media are free, the rule of law governs and there is a functional system of 'checks and balances'. The goal of the reforms is essential transformation," stressed Dimitrov.

The FM also briefed on the country's activities for enhancement of relations and cooperation with neighboring countries, building a climate of mutual trust, as well as the efforts to solve differences in the name issue.

"The Government is committed to building bridges, opening doors, opportunities and perspectives. Our new political context overlaps with the renewed EU interest in the region. This is a chance we must use. This is good for us, our immediate neighborhood, the region and Europe," said Dimitrov.

In the exchange of opinions with Greek Members of European Parliament (MEPs), he suggested that the Union itself was founded upon the idea of peaceful conflict resolution and reconciliation, adding "It would be wise for the Balkans to use this creed."

The EU-Macedonia Joint Parliamentary Committee is a forum of inter-parliamentary cooperation within the Stabilization and Association Agreement. The body held its last meeting in December 2015. ik/20:08

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