“The foreign ministers of Greece and Macedonia have held talks on resolving a dispute about Macedonia’s name that has frustrated the country’s hopes of joining the European Union and NATO.

Nikos Kotzias and Nikola Dimitrov said Friday that progress has been made during recent meetings but that an agreement has yet to be reached.

Greece objects to its neighbor calling itself Macedonia, saying that implies claims on its own northern province of the same name. Macedonia denies that, saying it occupies an area long known as Macedonia.” (Washington Post)

“Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has set up a delegation to engage in negotiations between Ukraine and Macedonia on the revision of the clauses of the free trade agreement between the two countries.

The respective decree, No. 118/2018, has been posted on the website of the head of state.

Deputy Minister for Economic Development and Trade and Ukraine’s Trade Representative Natalia Mykolska was appointed to head the delegation.” (UkrInform)

President Gjorge Ivanov met today (6 May 2018) in Dojran with Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, who is on a working visit to Macedonia.

According to the President’s Cabinet, the meeting discussed the deepening of the excellent bilateral relations by strengthening the political dialogue, the integration processes of the Republic of Macedonia, and exchanged views on the current challenges in the region and the EU.

Ivanov voiced hope that Bulgaria, as the current chairman of the European Union, will receive support from Macedonia’s integration processes, after the positive recommendation from the European Commission, especially for determining the date for the start of accession negotiations.

‘The EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sofia, following the Brdo-Brioni Process, will be an excellent opportunity to reaffirm the European perspective for the full integration of the Western Balkan countries, because only in this way can the peace, stability and prosperity of our region be guaranteed , which is still subjected to security and geostrategic challenges,’ said Ivanov.” (translated from Nova Makedonija)