In 2004, North Macedonia applied for EU membership; in December 2005, it was granted candidate country status by the European Council.
Since 2014, the Eastern Partnership programme has enabled numerous civil-society organisations in Germany and in the countries of the Eastern Partnership and Russia to play their part as key actors and important partners of governance.
Given the current travel restrictions, the EU-Western Balkans Summit, which was originally to take place in Zagreb, is being held by video conference. The focus is on working together in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The EU is providing 3.3 billion euros in support for the region.
On today’s trip to North Macedonia, Foreign Minister Maas seeks to encourage perseverance with reforms, saying that Germany will support and assist the Country.
Yesterday, the Bundestag voted in favour of opening EU accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania. This sends an important message, for the Western Balkans is a key region for Europe.
During talks with his Albanian counterpart, Foreign Minister Maas underscores that the country’s reforms will pay off.