Extracts from the Joint Press briefing by Nikola Gruevski, Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 23/01/2008 First transmission: 23/01/2008
Following their meeting, Nikola Gruevski, Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for the CFSP, gave a joint press conference.
Javier Solana said that the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia has made important reforms and announced that a new roadmap is ready to create closer relations.
Nikola Gruesvski, said that 2008 will be the year when efforts will be recognised with the announcement of a date for starting negotiations and the launch of a VISA regime
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||External view of the European Council building
||Arrival of Nikola Gruevski, Prime Minister of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and Javier Solana, Secretary General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for CFSP
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||Javier Solana saying (in ENGLISH) that they would like to continue that path on that direction. That will create the conditions to make their bilateral relations deeper; that the Prime Minister will receive an important document to make a roadmap giving to him benchmarks. And they will see how things move from that moment on. He's very pleased to see that the process of reforms continues and things look very positive.
||Nikola Gruevski saying (in MACEDONIAN) that if they had progress in the past period, they expect that in the future period it would be even greater. And he hopes that 2008 will be a successful year in which something will happen which will be a recognition of their efforts such as an announcement of a date for starting the negotiations, liberalisation of the VISA regime and other things.
||Javier Solana saying (in ENGLISH) on the helicopter crash that it was the most important sacrifice that the country can do (coming back from a mission of the EU they lost their lives); that he would like to say to the Prime Minister that they will never forget that sacrifice and they will keep in memory what your country did, and he wants also remember the families of the 11 soldiers that were killed.
||Cutaways and departure (5 shots)