Kovacevski-Berbok: Germany stands by North Macedonia for the next step towards European integration
Germany stands by North Macedonia for the next step towards European integration, is the message from today's meeting between the prime minister Dimitar Kovacevski and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, Annalena Berbock.
At the meeting, as announced by the Government, the long-standing sincere and strong Macedonian-German friendship and partnership, in the 30 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations, which are ending this year, was jointly emphasized.
It is expected that this strategic issue for the country and the region will be at the forefront of all political entities in the country. It is emphasized that it is of essential importance for the overall geopolitical context, that the entire region continues to move on the path of European integration. And in that direction, the role of Prime Minister Kovacevski and the Republic of North Macedonia, as a factor of dialogue and stability in the Western Balkans, is welcomed, according to the announcement.
According to Kovacevski, the arrival of Berbok is "another important moment for the Republic of North Macedonia".
We made a historic step and started the negotiations for accession to the EU in July 2022, which marked the beginning of a qualitatively new phase in relations with the European Union, after 17 years of acquiring candidate status and after numerous challenges on the way to full membership in the EU, with the active support of Germany, which was especially crucial during the German EU presidency in 2020. Today we have that support again and it is of great importance because Germany enjoys a great reputation and deep respect among our citizens, said the Prime Minister during the meeting.
The meeting also discussed the economic cooperation with Germany.
Germany is the first trade partner of North Macedonia in recent years, the fifth foreign direct investor in the country, in which about 200 German companies work, that 45 percent of the total Macedonian export goes to Germany, and that the large Macedonian diaspora in Germany is another strong bridge in mutual cooperation, was emphasized at the meeting.
The 100 percent compliance of the foreign policy of North Macedonia with the common foreign and security policy of the EU was also welcomed.
As informed by the Government, Kovacevski emphasized that North Macedonia is ready to contribute to the processes for greater stability in the overall European security as chairman of the OSCE.
The policy of expansion most directly contributes to the maintenance of peace and stability in our region, to the improvement of democracy, the rule of law and the protection of human rights and freedoms, he assessed.
Kovacevski and Berbok also spoke about the significance of the Berlin Process as a driving force of regional cooperation at the highest level and as an initiator of action plans for the Common Regional Market of the Western Balkans and the Green Agenda.