Visit of Gjorge Ivanov, President of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, to Štefan Füle: extracts from the joint press briefing
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 04/09/2012 First transmission: 04/09/2012
On 4 September 2012, Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, received the visit of Gjorge Ivanov, President of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, in Brussels. On this occasion, they held a press briefing and discussed the latest developments regarding the EU integration process of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
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||Arrival of Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, and Gjorge Ivanov, President of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, to the press conference, at the European Commission, in Brussels
||Soundbite by Štefan Füle (in ENGLISH): President Ivanov and I have discussed the recent developments in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The President has given me a full update. I welcomed the efforts of the President and of the coalition partners to resolve the open questions and to find a way forward. I underlined that the government should move on and focus on the opportunities ahead.
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||Soundbite by Štefan Füle (in ENGLISH): I recalled that regional co-operation and good neighbourly relations form an essential part of the process of moving towards the EU. Maintaining good neighbourly relations, including a negotiated and mutually accepted solution to the name issue, under the auspices of the UN, is essential. Regarding the name issue between the country and Greece, I reiterated full support for bilateral meetings and exchanges as well as the United Nations process.
||General view of the speakers
||Soundbite by Gjorge Ivanov (in MACEDONIAN): This meeting takes place in a significant moment. We are working and fulfilling the tasks under the high level accession dialogue and this dialogue has help produce results and brings results in the country and the spirit of reform is felt trough the country. On the basis of that, we hope for a positive easy progress report, we also hope that the process of the Euro-Atlantic integration will be unblocked. We know that decisions in this respect are broad by consensus, but we hope that the results we achieve will make possible that a date is finally set for start our accession negotiations.
||Handshake between the speakers and departure