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State Secretary Dovžan with foreign ministers of North Macedonia and Albania at EU foreign ministers’ meeting

State Secretary Gašper Dovžan attended an informal video conference of the EU foreign ministers together with Foreign Minister of North Macedonia Bujar Osmani and Foreign Minister of Albania Olta Xhaçka.

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State Secretary Gašper Dovžan during the discussion | Author Ministrstvo za zunanje zadeve

The discussion focused on North Macedonia’s and Albania’s accession to the EU. Foreign ministers Osmani and Xhaçka briefed State Secretary Dovžan and EU foreign ministers on their efforts in that regard, especially in relation to the progress in reform implementation.

In his address, State Secretary Dovžan pledged firm support to North Macedonia and Albania in their efforts to draw closer to the European Union, adding that the negotiation frameworks should be confirmed as soon as possible. He also called for the first EU-North Macedonia and EU-Albania intergovernmental conferences and welcomed Portugal’s efforts to organise some of them in June. In his opinion, these two Balkan countries have made a very positive progress, but it is imperative that the necessary reforms continue. He gave an assurance that, during its EU Council Presidency, Slovenia will spare no effort to put the Western Balkans high on the EU agenda, which will be further promoted by the EU-Western Balkans Summit.

State Secretary Dovžan regretted the stalled enlargement process, which must continue because it is vital for making progress and introducing changes in the region.