Minister Shekerinska in Brussels on meetings with Mogherini and Khan: Macedonia should be rewarded with the beginning of negotiations

Today, on the second day of the working visit to Brussels, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Radmila Shekerinska, together with Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, met with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, and the European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn. At the meetings, the events in Macedonia and the region were discussed.

The ministers informed the European officials about the successful course of the parliamentary process for constitutional changes, as well as the phases in progress and the upcoming phases of the fulfilment of the remaining criteria for full membership of Macedonia in NATO and the start of negotiations with the EU. At the same time it was jointly concluded that Macedonia is moving in a positive direction, fulfilling the given criteria, and that the EU and NATO should recognize the efforts and the achieved results and allow the country to move to the next steps of Euro-Atlantic integration.

Shekerinska also delivered a letter to High Representative Mogherini for the cooperation between the Ministry of Defence and the EU in dealing with hybrid threats. The letter points out that our country has already raised national analyzes of the discovery of sources of risks and potential exposure to such threats and that it supports all coordinated EU activities in that regard.

Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Radmila Shekerinska participated in the 11th annual conference organized by the German Foundation for Science and Policy, which reviewed EU’s foreign and security policy in the past year and the integration of the countries of the region. At the conference Shekerinska conveyed Macedonia’s expectations regarding EU enlargement.