- Friday, December 15, 2017 2:27 PM
Skopje, 15 December 2017 (MIA) - Italy remains firmly on its stance that the EU and NATO doors are open for Macedonia too and also due to Bulgaria’s accentuated position as next EU chair, the Western Balkans including here Macedonia to be among the priorities of the next enlargement of the European Union, Italian Senators told PM Zoran Zaev on Friday.
Italy opts for Western Balkans' integration into the EU and remains strong supporter of Macedonia's strategic goals - EU and NATO membership, it was said at the meeting in the government.
The delegation was led by Chairperson of the Committee on European Union Policies of the Italian Senate Vannino Chiti and Italian Ambassador Carlo Romeo also attended the meeting, Government’s Press Service told.
“We welcome Italy’s continued support to Macedonia and to the integration of the Western Balkans into the EU. The longstanding and sincere friendship with Italy is of great importance for Macedonia. This was especially expressed by the support in the period of independence and in all key phases of the Euro-Atlantic integration process of our country,” Zaev said.
At the meeting it was emphasised that the contacts between the Macedonian Parliament and the two houses of the Italian Parliament, especially for our country’s aspirations for membership in the NATO and EU, are particularly significant.
The mutual interest of the two countries, is the development of Corridor 8 as one of the key projects of this year’s Western Balkans Summit in Trieste, interlocutors pointed out.
“Sincere cooperation and highest level of mutual trust yielded results in economic cooperation. This is confirmed by the fact that Italy is among the five most important economic and trade partners of Macedonia,” Zaev highlighted. sk/14:26
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