Government officials are not going to discuss or comment on the French proposal until all EU member states agree on it, Prime Minister Dimitar Kovachevski said in response to a reporter’s question about the French EU Presidency’s draft documents on lifting Bulgaria’s veto on North Macedonia’s start of talks with the EU. Speaking at a news conference following a meeting of the ruling coalition partners, PM Kovachevski reiterated Minister of Foreign Affairs Bujar Osmani’s recent statement regarding the French proposal, transmits MIA.
“Of course the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has seen the proposal. Our most experienced diplomats are carefully reviewing the draft documents,” he said.
He added that it would not be a topic of discussion, however, because it was not yet agreed on by all EU member states. He also said they were closely following the developments in the Bulgarian Parliament.
“If the proposal is adopted there and officially adopted [by the EU] and submitted to the Republic of North Macedonia, then of course it will be reviewed in detail and shared with the country’s institutions in accordance with the provisions in our legislation,” he said.
Answering a question whether it was acceptable to North Macedonia for the Macedonian language to be defined through unilateral declarations by North Macedonia and Bulgaria, the Prime Minister said the Macedonian language in the EU negotiating framework had to be referred to as plain Macedonian.