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Monday, May 21, 2018, 

FM Poposki meets German counterpart Steinmeier

Skopje, 12 March 2014 (MIA) - Foreign Minister Nikola Poposki briefed Wednesday in Berlin his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier about the ongoing reforms in Macedonia related to the EU integration and achieved results under the country's High-Level Accession Dialogue with the Union.

"We have discussed the regional context and the significance of EU-integration for long-term stability and agreed that the process' credibility is in the interest of both the candidate countries and the EU. We agree that the economic development is the key. Reforms that will bring favourable economic climate and sustainable growth are the most important.  Germany wishes for progress towards the EU to be based on performance. Today the respect of international law is also much more important for both the candidates and EU itself. It should be a guide in EU Council's decision-making process," Poposki said after the meeting.

He said he got a clear message that Germany was keen to see Macedonia in the EU, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a press release.

The Bundestag is a staunch supporter of powerful EU, which may be accomplished by embracing the Balkan countries. It is also in Macedonia's interest, Poposki said.

Today Poposki also addressed the European Affairs Committee of the German Bundestag, referring the government's commitment to economic reform and growth as a top priority, and the challenges Macedonia was facing on its road to the EU membership.

In the Bundestag Poposki held talks with several MPs, representing the Christian Democratic Union and the Social Democratic Party, who are familiar with the developments in the region and Macedonia. The discussion was focused on the perspectives of Macedonia's EU, NATO membership and the form of concrete support Germany could offer the country in this respect.

Poposki also met the German Chancellor's advisers on Foreign and European affairs, and visited the Konrad Adenauer foundation. lk/19:23

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