About: North Macedonia

Enlargement 01-07-2022

Macron says compromise has been found over North Macedonia’s EU bid

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday (30 June) he thinks a compromise solution has been found for the EU membership negotiation framework for North Macedonia, without giving any details.
Enlargement 24-06-2022

Bulgarian parliament opens the door to the EU for North Macedonia

Bulgarian parliament handed a mandate on Friday (24 June) to the outgoing cabinet of Kiril Petkov to approve a French proposal allowing Sofia to lift its veto on the start of North Macedonia's EU accession talks.
Enlargement 24-06-2022

Bulgarian parliament poised to solve North Macedonia conundrum

The foreign affairs committee of the Bulgarian parliament on Thursday (23 June) passed a draft decision approving the French Presidency compromise for Sofia to lift its veto on Skopje to start accession talks, paving the way for the text potentially being approved in plenary on Friday. 
Enlargement 23-06-2022

Western Balkans fume over enlargement deadlock

On the sidelines of the triumphant rhetoric over Ukraine and Moldova's imminent granting of EU candidate status, EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday (23 June) faced furious Western Balkan counterparts, highly frustrated about the lack of their own progress on the EU path.
Enlargement 23-06-2022

French mediation attempt infuriates MPs in Skopje

The French presidency's proposal aimed at lifting the Bulgarian veto shook the Macedonian government after three small parties threatened to leave if the cabinet approved a draft sent to the Bulgarian parliament to end the dispute between Skopje and Sofia.
Enlargement 23-06-2022

Bulgarian PM hints at chance to lift the veto, after summit

Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov said on Thursday (23 June) there was no chance Bulgaria would lift its veto on North Macedonia during this EU summit but hinted a solution could be imminent in the coming days.
Elections 22-06-2022

Petkov bites the bullet as North Macedonia veto rattles Bulgaria

The Bulgarian parliament will make today an attempt to make progress in efforts to lift the country’s veto on North Macedonia starting accession talks. But MPs are also likely to pass a no-confidence vote against the government of Kiril Petkov.
Europe's East 22-06-2022

EU closes ranks on Ukraine, Moldova candidate status as decision looms

EU leaders in Brussels are expected to sign off on last week’s recommendation by the European Commission to grant Ukraine and Moldova EU candidate status, according to the latest EU summit draft conclusions, dated 21 June and seen by EURACTIV....
Enlargement 16-06-2022

Western Balkan hopefuls hope to ride on Ukraine’s train to membership

Three of the four Western Balkan EU candidates have signed a joint statement with Ukraine in support of its EU candidacy, in a signal that fast-tracking the war-torn eastern country would not mess up their own slow-moving EU integration but...
Enlargement 06-06-2022

Lavrov cancels Serbia trip after neighbours close airspace

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was forced to cancel a visit to Serbia on Monday (6 June) after several of its neighbours prevented his plane from passing through their airspace, officials said.
Enlargement 17-05-2022

Sofia’s veto on Skopje is ‘a present for Russia’, Borrell says

The EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell put pressure on Sofia on Monday (16 May) to lift its veto over North Macedonia starting EU accession negotiations, by saying that the lack of solution is “a present for Russia”.
Enlargement 03-01-2022

The long decline: mass migration batters Balkans

Abandoned shops and mostly empty streets offer few signs of life in North Macedonia's Valandovo, where young people are fleeing in large numbers hoping to find a better life abroad.
Enlargement 30-12-2021

2022: Enlargement on life support

Enlargement is stalled, and EU governments can barely agree on a common strategy to bring in the six membership hopefuls -- Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, and North Macedonia.
Global Europe 28-12-2021

New Macedonian prime minister to be led by unity and dedication

Dimitar Kovacevski, the new leader of North Macedonia's ruling Socialists, said on Tuesday that his party had confirmed him as the country's prime minister-designate following Zoran Zaev's formal resignation as premier last week.
Enlargement 28-12-2021

North Macedonia confirms new Socialists leader as PM designate

Dimitar Kovacevski, who was elected as the new leader of North Macedonia's ruling Socialists, was confirmed as the country's prime minister-designate on Tuesday (28 December) after Zoran Zaev formally resigned from the job, local media reported.
Global Europe 21-12-2021

Three Western Balkan leaders sign agreements to open trade and travel for citizens

The leaders of Albania, Serbia, and North Macedonia signed six agreements on Tuesday (21 December) facilitating free movement of trade, people, and services throughout the three Western Balkan countries.
Enlargement 14-12-2021

New Bulgarian PM proposes ‘very fast process’ to lift North Macedonia veto

The new Bulgarian government will propose a "very fast" new process that should help Sofia lift its veto and unlock the start of neighbouring North Macedonia's EU accession negotiations, Bulgaria's new prime minister, Kiril Petkov, has told the Financial Times. The announcement was welcomed by Skopje.
Enlargement 10-11-2021

North Macedonia’s PM to delay resignation

North Macedonian Prime Minister Zoran Zaev, who announced his resignation over poor results in a local vote last month, will stay on in the job until the political situation stabilises, media reported on Wednesday (10 November).
08-11-2021

Kiril Petkov offers preview of new Bulgarian politics in the making

'Change continues’, a new centrist political party in Bulgaria, is seen as the king-maker in a future coalition after the 14 November parliamentary elections. In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV,  its co-leader Kiril Petkov gave a preview of his party policies.
Global Europe 01-11-2021

Turmoil on the horizon for North Macedonia after prime minister quits

Following North Macedonia's local elections, the Balkan country found itself without a prime minister, with the majority of municipalities falling into the hands of the opposition and with the possibility of snap elections looming - all of which could impact its EU accession bid.
Enlargement 06-10-2021

Sofia asks Skopje to stop the ‘erasure’ of Bulgarians

At the Western Balkans summit in Brdo, Slovenia, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev told North Macedonia’s Prime Minister Zoran Zaev that the "subtle erasure" of Bulgarian identity in the neighbouring country must stop before Bulgaria lifts its veto on Skopje’s EU accession negotiations. EURACTIV Bulgaria reports.
Enlargement 29-09-2021

EU no longer agrees on Balkan membership guarantee, diplomats say

The European Union, fearing a political backlash in member states, can no longer agree to give a guarantee of future membership to the six Balkan countries once promised a place in the club, according to four diplomats and an internal...
Enlargement 27-09-2021

North Macedonia holds high-stakes census, first in 20 years

In the country called today North Macedonia -- which gained independence in 1991 following the break-up of the former Yugoslavia and came close to civil war in 2001 -- the long postponed census is far from being a statistical operation.

Slovenia aims to make EU-Western Balkans summit regular feature

Slovenia's EU presidency will host an EU-Western Balkans summit in early October and its desire is to make these summits a regular annual event as a means of accelerating the EU enlargement process, Foreign Minister Anže Logar has said.