Bulgaria not ready to say ‘yes’ to North Macedonia

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva (R) welcomes North Macedonia's Foreign Minister Bujar Osmani (L) in Sofia, Bulgaria, 09 October 2020. [EPA-EFE/VASSIL DONEV]

Bulgaria still intends to block the start of the EU-Macedonia membership talks because of the “non-recognition of the historical truth” by the authorities in Skopje. However, there has been some progress in the negotiations.

“We are not there yet to say ‘yes'”, said Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zaharieva after a meeting in Berlin with Macedonia’s EU and Foreign Ministers – Nikola Dimitrov and Bujar Osmani.

Prime Minister Boyko Borissov held a 40-minute conference call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and confirmed that Bulgaria is currently unable to approve the EU’s negotiating framework for North Macedonia.

Borissov noted that he expects, with the help of Berlin, to find the “correct solutions” by the end of the year, as the German EU Council Presidency expires.

“Bulgaria and I are grateful for the commitment of the German presidency and you personally for finding formulas that would allow the Republic of Northern Macedonia to start negotiations on membership in the European Union,” Borissov told Merkel, as quoted by his press service.

(Krassen Nikolov | EURACTIV.bg)

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