Shekerinska – Hahn meeting in Munich: Macedonia is committed to democratic reforms and EU membership

Today, on the margins of Munich Security Conference, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence of the Republic of Macedonia, Radmila Shekerinska and Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov, met with the European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn.

 Minister Shekerinska underlined that Macedonia is strongly committed to solving the problems and challenges on its path toward EU and NATO membership. Shekerinska stressed that Plan 3-6-9 is being implemented at a strong pace and that Macedonia and the Government have demonstrated a new approach to neighbourhood policy.

 At the meeting, Commissioner Hahn welcomed the reform efforts of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia and expressed readiness for the European Union to continue its support of the Republic of Macedonia in the implementation of the planned reforms.

Today in Munich, the Minister also met with the Canadian Minister of National Defence, Harjit Sajjan, who gave full support for Macedonia’s integration into NATO, as well as for the reform policies of the Government of the Republic of Macedonia. Sajjan thanked Macedonia for the contribution of the Army of the Republic of Macedonia in the Resolute Support peace mission in Afghanistan.

Minister Shekerinska had a meeting with the Montenegrin Defence Minister Predrag Bošković, at which they highlighted the excellent bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the field of defence, as well as the strong Montenegrin support for Macedonia’s membership in the Alliance.

In addition to participating in Munich Conference, tomorrow Minister Shekerinska is meeting Bulgarian Defence Minister Krasimir Karakachanov and NATO Deputy Secretary General, Rose Gottemoeller.