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Round of discussions between the minister delegate for European affairs, George Ciamba, and North Macedonia’s deputy prime minister for European affairs, Bujar Osmani

The minister delegate for European affairs, George Ciamba, had today, January 28, 2019, a round of discussions with North Macedonia’s deputy prime minister for European affairs, Bujar Osmani, on his official visit to Romania.

The visit is circumscribed both to the context of the priority the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union places on the enlargement policy and the intensified bilateral dialogue designed to support North Macedonia’s way to Europe.

The Romanian dignitary emphasised the special significance held by the visit to Bucharest of the Macedonian deputy prime minister soon after the legislatures in Skopje (January 11, 2019) and Athens (January 25, 2019) ratified the commitments undertaken by both parties through the Prespa Agreement, welcomed and supported by Romania. George Ciamba congratulated the Macedonian dignitary for this decisive step that places North Macedonia’s path to Europe under new and highly positive auspices. Both parties agreed that this European approach, of symbolic reconciliation to solve long standing issues, would make a contribution to the stability and the European future of the Western Balkans and might represent a model solution for the entire region. In this context, Minister Delegate George Ciamba imparted Romania’s firm support in the process of North Macedonia’s accession to the EU.

George Ciamba emphasised that the visit of North Macedonia’s deputy prime minister to Bucharest reconfirmed the commitment of the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU towards the continuation of the enlargement policy, based on the principle of individual merit.

The two dignitaries reviewed the stage of the complex reforms implemented by the government in Skopje in preparation of a positive decision of the Council of the European Union to launch accession negotiations in June 2019. George Ciamba welcomed the efforts made by the Macedonian authorities and conveyed Romania’s full support for the continuation and implementation of the necessary reforms.

During their discussions, the officials agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the field of European affairs, by intensifying Romania’s political and technical support, based on concrete demands for assistance coming from the authorities in Skopje.

George Ciamba also underlined the importance of better strategic communication in the Western Balkans, which would raise the level of objective information on the Unions’ substantive political, economic and social support for this region, aimed at helping states in the Western Balkans strengthen their resilience and gathering public support for the objective of accession to the EU.

On a bilateral level, the two officials welcomed the increased dynamics of the political dialogue, including at prime minister level, as well as the constant bilateral trade increase in the past few years, and agreed to facilitate a more intensive cooperation between the business communities of the two countries. The Romanian dignitary pointed out the need to increase cooperation in education and culture in the context of the kindred minorities living in the two countries, which builds a European bridge connecting the two countries and plays a valuable role in their bilateral relation.

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