PHOTO+VIDEO | Pendarovski - Michel: The acceptance of the French proposal will enable the opening of the first phase of the accession negotiations
The President Stevo Pendarovski and the President of the European Council Charles Michel at today's meeting in Skopje, they agreed that the acceptance of the French proposal will enable the opening of the first phase of the accession negotiations, which will de facto unblock the EU integration of our country.
In addition to this, the opening of the first phase will represent a further incentive for the progress and prosperity of North Macedonia, but it will also have a positive impact on the overall situation in the Western Balkans, the Cabinet of the Head of State announced.
"The interlocutors exchanged opinions in the context of the concerns that exist among citizens regarding identity issues, for which President Pendarovski emphasized that the Macedonian language and identity must be respected and guaranteed by the EU," the announcement states.
At the meeting, they discussed the current political developments in North Macedonia, the challenges regarding the country's European prospects and the EU's proposal for the start of accession negotiations with the European Union.
Pendarovski welcomed Michel's visit, characterizing it as an indication of the commitment of the European Union and informed him about the course of the broad consultation process that is being conducted in relation to the French proposal, as well as about the atmosphere in our society on that issue.
The President of the European Council, Charles Michel, is today on a one-day visit to Skopje, where he will have separate meetings with the head of state.