Saracin: With the French proposal, the door for North Macedonia to the EU is wide open

Special envoy of the Federal Government for the countries of the Western Balkans, Manuel Saratsin/Photo: MIA

By accepting the French proposal, it is possible to immediately start the process of accession negotiations of North Macedonia to the EU without further delays and without the possibility of blockages. Germany is on the side of North Macedonia and will strive to actively revive the European perspective of the Western Balkans, indicated the German special representative for the Western Balkans. Manuel Saracin who is on an official visit to our country today.

At today's press conference with the Vice Prime Minister for European Affairs, Bojan Maricic, he said that the door to the accession of North Macedonia to the EU with this agreement is wide open. To enter through this door, as he said, is not easy, but it is a decision of our politics and our country.

- I know that this is a difficult moment for you and for people, but at the same time it is also a moment that brings a certain hope. I believe in Macedonian politics and people and that together we will continue on the road to the EU. The Russian Federation's attack on Ukraine shows how important it is to solve problems together, to organize, but it also shows us that nothing offers as much security as being in European organizations, through European agreements, added Saratsin.

He mentioned that he advocates for the expansion and integration of the Western Balkans in the EU and therefore, as he said, we have support to progress faster.

- For me personally, it is very important that this process with North Macedonia takes place, because it is in the interest of both your country and the EU, added the German special representative for the Western Balkans.

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