Brussels, 21 October 2013 (MIA) - A scenario is being conceived in Brussels in terms of dividing EU's future enlargement into two parts - Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia could join the Union in 2020, while Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo could become members in 2023.
Skopje, 21 October 2013 (MIA) - About 45 state administration employees from Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia&Herzegovina, Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro will take part at the NATO regional cyber defense school, held in Ohrid on Monday.
Brussels, 18 October 2013 (MIA) - While the progress reports of the European Commission on candidate countries and potential candidates were being adopted on Wednesday, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton said she didn't want to use the acronym "FYROM", instead she would call the country only Macedonia.
Skopje, 16 October 2013 (MIA) - The European Commission's renewed recommendation on opening of accession talks is an acknowledgment of the results achieved this past year and the work done by institutions, the administration, political and social stakeholders. The Republic of Macedonia expects the member countries in the EU Council to be encouraged by these arguments and by the Union's common interest and in December to reach a decision on launching negotiations, Nikola Gruevski said Wednesday.
Brussels, 16 October 2013 (MIA) - Too much time has been lost in Macedonia's EU integration process, said British MEP Richard Howitt warning of the impact if the country 'with the longest EU candidate status is rebuffed again'.
<strong>Skopje, 16 October 2013 (MIA)</strong> – The fifth successive recommendation for the start of EU accession negotiations is good news for Macedonia, said Union Ambassador Aivo Orav at Wednesday’s press conference in the Skopje-based EU InfoCentre.
Brussels, 16 October 2013 (MIA) - The European Commission on Wednesday recommended, for the fifth consecutive year, that negotiations should be opened to join the European Union, MIA's correspondent reports from Brussels.
Brussels, 16 October 2013 (MIA) – This year’s maintained proposal over the creation of a negotiating framework for settlement of the name issue between Macedonia and Greece in the early stage of the accession negotiations creates a situation of putting an end to the status-quo in these talks, which costs a lot, Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule told Members of European Parliament (MEPs) while presenting the progress reports of EU candidates and aspirants.
Brussels, 15 October 2013 (MIA) - The European Commission (EC) urges political dialogue and, most importantly, the implementation of the recommendations involving the events of 24 December 2012 in and outside Parliament to be resumed in Macedonia.
Brussels, 14 October 2013 (MIA) - The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia was the first country to sign a Stabilization and Association Agreement with the EU in 2001. It has been a candidate country for eight years, since the Commission's positive Opinion in November 2005 and the Council's decision in December 2005. Since 2009, the Commission has assessed that the country sufficiently meets the political criteria and recommended the opening of negotiations. The Commission has also recommended, since 2009, that the second stage of the association, under the Stabilization and Association Agreement, should begin. No decision has been taken by the Council in either case.