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News of the day: Zaev, Dimitrov and Osmani in online meeting with EU Commissioner Varhelyi
Positive assessments for North Macedonia in the Annual Report of the European Commission was good news, but that is yet another strong reason to work even harder on implementing the reforms and successfully completing the preparations for the first intergovernmental conference in December, was said at the online meeting of Prime Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev, accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister in charge of European Affairs Nikola Dimitrov with EU Commissioner for EU Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi.
“The identified areas that need additional work, recommendations and guidelines, as always, will be translated into our agenda of reforms, especially in the key areas of the judicial reforms and fight against corruption and organized crime”, stated Prime Minister Zaev at the meeting with EU Commissioner for EU Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi.
The priority of the government for the next period is further advancing the reform agenda in an inclusive manner, by including the opposition in Parliament, civil society and international partners.
The EU Economic Investment Package for the Western Balkans of up to 9 billion euros was assessed as exceptionally significant at this meeting with EU Commissioner Varhelyi, which is mainly for major investments in the infrastructure with a regional impact, intended also for economic recovery of the region due to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
EU Commissioner for EU Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi expressed his and the strong support of the European Commission for our commitment to realizing European standards in all areas, and expressed expectation that in the upcoming period all preparations and harmonization will be completed in order for the first intergovernmental conference to be held, which will mark the start of the closing of the chapters for our membership in the EU.
Statement of the day – Varhelyi: Cooperation with the Western Balkan countries is key in the fight against smuggling and border management
Honoured to be invited to #EU #WesternBalkans ministerial forum on justice&home affairs. I reaffirmed priority we give to our relations with the region. When it comes to migration, enhanced cooperation is key to improve border management capabilities&counter smuggling activities. pic.twitter.com/9WSzx3s9qf
— Oliver Varhelyi (@OliverVarhelyi) October 22, 2020
CIVIL invites all citizens to visit the info stands in Prilep, Mogila, Novaci, Bitola and Resen, tomorrow, starting at 11.00 am, dedicated to the promotion of European values and integrations.
In response to the question of CIVIL Media – Does our country deserve to join the European Union, some of the citizens of Stip, Probistip and Kriva Palanka consider that our country has been ready to be part of the European family since the nineties, as it fulfils the conditions even more than some countries do that have joined the EU in the past several years.
Justice – Maricic: Swift digitalization of the judiciary is necessary for the proceedings to continue in a time of a pandemic
Journalism– EU awards for investigative journalism awarded
Integration – Zaev-Michel: Priorities of the government include promotion of the reform agenda in an inclusive manner, by including the opposition in Parliament.
Berlin and Brussels expect start of negotiations by the end of the year, the position of Sofia is being awaited.
MOI – Spasovski: The successful fight against illegal migration and smuggling migrants is the result of the joint cooperation of the countries of the region and the EU.
translation: N. Cvetkovska