Bruxelles (Belgique)

Policy briefing - The new Macedonian government Plans and prospects for EU accession

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Nikola Dimitrov, Macedonian Minister of Foreign Affairs
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

15.30-16.30 (registration from 15.10)
EPC Conference Centre (3rd Floor), 14-16 Rue du Trône, 1000 Brussels

The European Policy Centre is delighted to invite you to this Policy Briefing with Nikola Dimitrov, the Macedonian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

This May, six months of political crisis came to an end as the Macedonian Parliament formally voted in favour of a new government. A coalition led by the Social-Democratic Union (SDSM) has taken power after a prolonged period of protest, violence, and controversy surrounding the former ruling party (VMRO-DPMNE) and its leader, Nikola Gruevski. The task now facing the new government is to overcome deep political fragmentation and set the country back on track towards EU accession negotiations. While recent breakthroughs such as the Special Prosecutor’s calls for the arrest of ex-Premier Gruevski and fresh diplomatic efforts aimed at resolving the country’s long-standing name dispute with Greece are promising, significant challenges in fostering reconciliation and strengthening the rule of law still lie ahead for the new government. How will the government capitalise on the opportunity presented by this change of political direction ? Where does the country stand on fulfilling the urgent reform priorities set by the EU and how does the new government plan to ensure their implementation ? What are the country’s plans in the field of external relations and what role should the EU and the member states play in supporting the country’s Euro-Atlantic integration henceforth ?

Minister Dimitrov will address these and other issues. The event will be moderated by Corina Stratulat, Senior Policy Analyst at the European Policy Centre.

Please send your participation request to n.news@epc.eu

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