Extracts from the joint press briefing by José Manuel Barroso and Gjorge Ivanov, President of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 09/09/2010 First transmission: 09/09/2010
On 9 September 2010, after their meeting in Brussels, Gjorge Ivanov, President of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, held a joint press briefing on the country's process accession. José Manuel Barroso highlighted the need to consolidate the internal reforms but recognized the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's progresses on the road to EU integration.
The presidents also raised the issue of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia's name dispute with Greece. José Manuel Barroso called all sides to resolve this obstacle as quickly as possible. As President Ivanov underlined improvements in the Greek/former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia relationship, and the restoration of the trust between the two leaders, the two countries and the cooperation between the two societies.
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||Gjorge Ivanov, President of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, at the joint press briefing
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by José Manuel Barroso: We have discussed the country's accession process and the need to consolidate the internal reforms. I have also welcomed the President Ivanov's efforts to strengthen relations with key neighbours. We believe this is very important for the stability of the region. Last year, we have made a positive recommendation to start accession negotiations, and we have granted visa free travel for the citizens of your country, Mister President. This was a clear recognition of the efforts made, and it was also an encouragement to push ahead for a resolution on the name issue. Unfortunately this has not yet happened. I know that efforts are being made through the UN process and also in direct talks with Greece. I understand the extreme sensitivities of this issue, but I call on all sides to resolve this obstacle as quickly as possible. It's time to decide. We believe now it is time to decide this issue of the name.
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||SOUNDBITE (in MACEDONIAN) by Gjorge Ivanov, saying that they have improved the economy in a crisis situation. They are continuously improving the relation between the communities in the countries. They are strengthening the Macedonian unique model, which they called the model of integration without assimilation which is specific to their region, and which is something they are very proud. They have implemented the reforms for efficient administration and efficient legal system.
||SOUNDBITE (in MACEDONIAN) by Gjorge Ivanov, saying that they are aware of the difficulties regarding the problems that they have with Greece, with is a some kind of precedent in the international relations. But Macedonia is an extreme dedicated partner in the attempt to find the best solution, which will enable us to overcome this situation. They are encouraged by what has been happening in the recent months. There is the restoration of the trust between the two leaders, the two countries and the cooperation between the two societies. Recently, they have intensified the mutual trust between the citizens of Macedonia and the citizens of Greece. Macedonian tourists go to Greece, Macedonian students go to the Greek universities, the Greek invest in Macedonia.
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||José Manuel Barroso shaking hands with Gjorge Ivanov and leaving the press point