Minister Shekerinska at a Conference in Brussels: Macedonia has deserved to start negotiations with the EU

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Radmila Shekerinska participated today in Brussels on a conference on the relations between the EU and the Western Balkans, dedicated to the enlargement of the Union, integration and the challenges of the transformation of the countries from the region. At the summit, Minister Shekerinska spoke on the first session entitled “EU-Western Balkans: Still Complicated”.

In her address in front of the audience Shekerinska said that in politics in the region the excuse that issues are complicated has been used for too long. “That was the case with Macedonia’s relations with Greece and Bulgaria, but instead of justifying it as complicated; we worked to change the status quo situation. We managed to resolve the 3-decennial dispute as a result of leadership and courage from both sides”, the Minister said.

“This summer, not only did we conclude the agreement with Greece, but we also ratified it in our Parliament, we are currently overcoming the second obstacle for its implementation. The Parliament has already voted on constitutional changes on two occasions. We have made efforts to implement a successful process and we are determined to have a successful ending”, underlined Minister Shekerinska.

The Minister stressed that EU membership is not just to fill in the graphs for the required conditions; it is actually a transformation of society. “The true transformation in most countries of Central and Eastern Europe took place during the accession process. So, what Macedonia wants is to start that negotiation process”, she stressed.

Last night, during her working visit to Brussels, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Radmila Shekerinska had a working dinner together with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikola Dimitrov, and the NATO ambassadors, and tomorrow a meeting will be held with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini. At the meeting, an overview of the situation in the European integration processes and the current issues in the country will be made.