Bulgaria will not lift its veto on Skopje’s EU talks

The general affairs council will be in preparation for the European Council meeting scheduled for 24-25 June. [Shutterstock/NINA IMAGES]

The meeting of the General Affairs Council, scheduled for 22 June in Luxembourg, is expected to see Bulgaria maintain its current position on the negotiating framework for the accession of North Macedonia to the EU.

The general affairs council will be in preparation for the European Council meeting scheduled for 24-25 June.

The negotiating framework for the accession of North Macedonia to the EU should contain the necessary guarantees regarding the implementation of the 2017 Neighbourhood Treaty, which do not currently exist. The requirements for conducting the Intergovernmental Conference have not been met either.

At the same time, Bulgaria has said it remains open to dialogue and is taking steps to build trust and return to a pragmatic and constructive dialogue.

On Thursday (17 June), North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev will meet with Bulgaria’s caretaker Prime Minister Stefan Yanev, as well as with President Rumen Radev in Sofia. (Krassen Nikolov | EURACTIV.bg)

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