Slovenian President Borut Pahor said at a meeting with the presidents of Croatia and Austria that he believed that a solution would soon be found for the Bulgarian blockade of North Macedonia and that this would “restore credibility and trust in the EU”.
Pahor expressed the hope that a compromise could be reached by the October summit that would open the door to North Macedonia’s EU accession talks.
“We all understand the complexity of this process. Particular attention is paid to the question of a compromise that would be accepted by North Macedonia and Bulgaria. This is one of the few measurable results of the Slovenian Presidency, ”he said.
“If we succeed in what will not be easy, we can say that we have done a lot for the EU enlargement to include the Western Balkans, because we will strengthen confidence in the credibility of the Union that North Macedonia previously promised it everything fulfilled. ”Conditions related to the Greek blockade will be given the“ green light ”to start negotiations,” added the Slovenian President.
Croatian President Zoran Milanović stressed that no impossible conditions should be created for North Macedonia. Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen announced that he would soon discuss the matter with Bulgarian President Rumen Radev.