Bulgaria’s Parliament conditional support for accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania

Bulgaria’s Parliament approved a Declaration giving full support to the opening of accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania, but highlighting remarks on what Skopje should do until full membership. The declaration was approved with 129 votes “for” and just 4  “against” out of a total of 240.

The Declaration states that “European integration should not be to the detriment of historical events, documents and artifacts, and to the role of personalities in Bulgarian history.”

The Bulgarian Parliament, according to the approved document, calls on Skopje to implement effectively, without delay and with good will the Agreement on Friendship, Good Neighborhood and Cooperation signed by the Prime Ministers of the two countries, Zoran Zaev and Boyko Borisov, on August 1, 2017.

The two countries have reached a good neighborly agreement, but have not yet settled historical disputes, in particular for some historical figures such as Goce Delcevine, who is regarded by both countries as the hero of the struggle for freedom, independence, and liberation from the Ottoman empire.As regards Albania, the Declaration calls for mutual respect of the Bulgarian national minority, as well as teaching in their mother tongue in areas where the country’s minority traditionally lives, such as Gollobordë, Gorë, Prespë, Korça, Elbasan and Kukës. The declaration highlights that the conditions for both countries must be met before the opening of the first chapter of negotiations with Brussels.

/Klara Ruci/

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