Josep Borrell: North Macedonia must fulfill its obligations to join the EU

North Macedonia must fulfill its obligations to join the EU. Constitutional amendments are crucial and must be adopted by Skopje to continue the EU accession process.

This was stated by the EU High Representative for Foreign Policy and Security, Josep Borrell, at a press conference with Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski in the Macedonian capital of Skopje, BGNES reports.

Constitutional amendments are an inevitable condition on Skopje's path to the European Union, according to the proposal created during the French presidency of the European Council. Bulgarians must be included in the preamble of the constitution if Macedonia wants to continue the EU accession process.

Borel arrived this afternoon in Skopje for the OSCE meeting and was greeted by Prime Minister Kovacevski.

At the bilateral meeting, Kovacevski and Borel discussed current events related to North Macedonia's aspiration to the EU, the progress of reforms in key areas and the political situation in the country. The two also spoke about the screening process, whose report "will be a stimulus for intensive engagement to speed up the reform process for EU accession".

Constitutional amendments are decisive for the future of Skopje

"The road to Europe requires you to complete the constitutional amendment process and make progress on key reforms, this is in the interest of all citizens. You may disagree on some issues, but there should be no political division on European Union issues. This is not beneficial for one party, but for the whole nation and country," said Josep Borrell on the eve of the 30th OSCE Ministerial Council.

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Mariya Gabriel is in Skopje to attend the OSCE meeting, also attended by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.