North Macedonia appreciates Slovak support of EU Integration
Minister of Foreign Affairs Bujar Osmani, on May 30, 2023, met with the Slovak Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Miroslav Wlachovský, on the occasion of the GLOBSEC 2023 Bratislava Forum, informed his counterpart that he appreciates Slovakia’s constant support for the European integration of North Macedonia. Minister Osmani congratulated Wlachovský on his appointment as Minister of Foreign and European Affairs and expressed his belief that in the coming period, both countries will work on the EU enlargement process, especially in the current context, when the security architecture in Europe is facing big challenges.
“We value Slovakia’s continued support for our European integrations. Additionally, we believe that Slovakia will provide its support for the concept of accelerated integration and support the process so that it can be more credible and so that our citizens are able to feel the short-term, temporary steps,” said Osmani.
The Prime Minister of North Macedonia, Kovachevski, said also at the GLOBSEC 2023 Forum that „A united Europe is the only answer to the crises and challenges caused by Russian aggression in Ukraine, which has negative effects on the economy and energy.“
“I expect that we will discuss the current challenges and the way in which we deal with the crises, as well as the importance of a united Europe because only a united Europe can support the Ukrainian people’s fight for their independence and self-determination. Additionally, a united Europe is also the best answer to the crises and challenges caused by this war, which has negative effects on the economy and energy,” said Kovachevski.
As a member of several international organisations, NATO, the presiding country of the OSCE and a country that started its accession talks to the EU, Kovachevski stressed that North Macedonia must be actively involved in building collective responsibility for peace, building democracy and human rights as well as fostering good neighbourly relations because it is the only way to have a stable and economically strong region in Europe.
GLOBSEC in Bratislava is attended by heads of state and government from all over the world as well as representatives of international organisations. The topics discussed at the conference this year were focused on three areas, namely support for Ukraine, the resilience of Europe, as well as mitigating the global consequences of the conflict, thereby economic and energy strengthening.