Posts tagged as North Macedonia

Lithuania supports the opening of EU accession talks with North Macedonia

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

On 2 February, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis held a virtual meeting with his North Macedonian counterpart Bujar Osmani. The Foreign Ministers discussed possibilities for the expansion of bilateral relations between Lithuania and North Macedonia, prospects for opening EU accession talks with North Macedonia, transatlantic cooperation, the situation in the Western Balkans, the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and vaccination challenges, and other topical issues of…

The EU to open accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania

By Jacopo Barigazzi on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The EU is moving closer to opening accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania, at least in part because of a determination to show that the bloc can still function despite the coronavirus pandemic. The bloc’s foreign and Europe ministers will on Tuesday discuss a proposal, seen by POLITICO, on opening talks with the two Balkan countries and are expected to give their backing. The talks will be held by videoconference.…

Baltics and Poland give “unequivocal support” to EU hopes of North Macedonia and Albania

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Senior officials from the Baltic states and Poland on March 5 released a joint statement voicing their full backing for the European Union membership hopes of countries in the western Balkans. The statement was released at the end of a joint visit to the region and is reproduced below. We, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland as well as the Estonian Undersecretary for European Affairs, having…

Poland and Baltics back integration of Albania and North Macedonia with the EU

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

From 3 March to 5 March 2020, the Latvian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs, is visiting Albania and North Macedonia together with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, Jacek Czaputowicz, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania, Linas Linkevičius, and the Undersecretary for European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Märt Volmer. The Foreign Ministers intend to discuss the integration of Albania and North Macedonia with…

Lithuanian president ‘disappointed’ with EU decision

Friday, October 18, 2019

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda has expressed disappointment that European Union leaders did not invite North Macedonia and Albania to start membership negotiations. His comments came early Friday morning after talks in Brussels on possible expansion to Western Balkans ended without any agreement. “It’s a bit of a disappointment. We have to admit that we failed to reach a consensus, because three countries were against the decision to invite those two…

Vice Minister of National Defence V. Umbrasas to go on a formal visit to North Macedonia and Slovakia

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

On June 4–5 Vice Minister of National Defence Vytautas Umbrasas will go on a formal visit to North Macedonia where he will meet with Deputy Minister of Defence Bekim Maksuti and attend opening ceremony of national North Macedonia’s Exercise Decisive Strike 2019. The exercise will include a group of Lithuanian Land Force soldiers. In the course of the visit on June 6–9 Vice Minister V. Umbrasas will take part in…

Estonian government endorses North Macedonia NATO accession protocol

Friday, May 17, 2019

The Estonian government at its Thursday meeting endorsed a protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty with which North Macedonia is to join NATO. The government endorsed a proposal by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to approve the protocol to the North Atlantic Treaty on the accession of the Republic of North Macedonia to NATO, spokespeople for the government said on Thursday. The bill of the protocol was approved by the…

North Macedonia thanks Lithuania: NATO membership will make Balkans safer

Friday, March 15, 2019

Talat Xhaferi, president of the Assembly of North Macedonia, on Thursday thanked Lithuania for ratifying the Accession Protocol of the Republic of North Macedonia to the North Atlantic Treaty, saying that the Balkan region will become safer once the country joins NATO. “NATO membership has strategic importance and significantly contributes to regional and international stability,” he told a joint press conference with Speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas Viktoras Prackietis on…

Lithuanian parliament gives initial backing to North Macedonia’s NATO membership

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Seimas of Lithuania on Tuesday gave its initial backing to proposed ratification of the Accession Protocol of the Republic of North Macedonia to the North Atlantic Treaty. The protocol was signed in Brussels on February 6. Allied members need to ratify it to create legal preconditions for North Macedonia’s NATO membership. The protocol will come into force once all NATO members ratify it under their national procedures. The Lithuanian…

Maasikas: North Macedonia NATO, EU integration backs regional stability

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

On 25 and 26 February, the Foreign Ministry’s undersecretary for European affairs, Matti Maasikas, was on a visit to the North Macedonian capital of Skopje. Mr Maasikas met with Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov and Vice-Prime Minister of North Macedonia for European Union Affairs Bujar Osman, and also held European Union consultations, the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote in a press release on Tuesday. At the meeting with Foreign Minister…