Poland’s FM backs North Macedonia's EU bid in Skopje

Poland’s Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz expressed the country’s strong support for North Macedonia's efforts to join the European Union, during his visit to Skopje on Wednesday.

The Polish Foreign Minister, together with his Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian counterparts, started a visit to North Macedonia and Albania on Tuesday.

"We want to express our strong support for North Macedonia's European aspirations," Mr Czaputowicz said at a press conference.

"We appreciate the North Macedonian government's efforts in embarking on and implementing reforms… We hope that the EU will soon make a decision to start accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania," the minister said.

The minister also expressed satisfaction that North Macedonia may soon join NATO. He said that Poland and its Baltic partners are ready to share with North Macedonia their experience concerning EU accession talks.

North Macedonian Foreign Minister Nikola Dimitrov thanked Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland for their unequivocal support for his country's EU aspirations.

Mr Dimitrov also mentioned Monday's report by the European Commission, in which the EU executive body praised North Macedonia's and Albania's track record in implementing the necessary reforms.

The EC assessed that North Macedonia had reformed their economies, judicial systems and other areas of state to prepare to meet EU standards.

The EU is expected to discuss the two countries' integration with the bloc at its Brussels summit in late March.