Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Bulgaria’s veto on EU-Northern Macedonia negotiations in force


Nothing new than the Brussels front in terms of Northern Macedonia’s accession to the EU. Today’s General Affairs Council meeting is expected to confirm that Bulgaria has not changed its position and that its veto on the start of negotiations remains in place. force, as it requires the Government of Skopje to make changes in language, symbols and history.

Sofia’s position was made clear by Foreign Minister Ekaterina Zakharieva in statements to Politico. “We try to be as positive as possible (…) but I do not think that anything can change unless our friends are ready to implement the agreement (this is the Friendship and Good Neighborhood Pact signed in 2017 between the two countries) and to commit to what they have signed “, he said characteristically.

She tried to deny that there was a connection between her government’s tough stance and the upcoming parliamentary elections 4ης April. He did the same against the claim that the existing disagreements have to do with fundamental, for both Bulgaria and Northern Macedonia, identity issues.

“What we need to do is calm our emotions. “I like the emotional people of the Balkans, but when we are trying to reach an agreement and a compromise, it is better to communicate directly and not through the media,” he added.

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