Minister of Justice Etilda Gjonaj received her counterpart from Northern Macedonia, Bojan Maricic The two ministers discussed bilateral relations and judicial co-operation, as well as current applicable agreements. The ministers also exchanged views on moving together on the path to European integration. They first outlined the progress of the reforms and exchanged information on the functioning of the institutions.
The key topic during the discussions was the effort to strengthen the rule of law, the fight against corruption and the circulation of illegal money.
The ministers also focused on the similar challenges facing both countries in replacing the culture of impunity with the culture of integrity, as well as the prospect of opening negotiations with the European Union.
The two governments, as the ministers pointed out, have a special focus on the fight against organized crime and corruption, money laundering and economic crime, as well as the commitments undertaken at the regional level and defined at the Ohrid Summit on June 25 , where the respective institutions approved the Regional Guide on Anti-Corruption and Illegal Cash Flows.
In the context of European integration, the ministers agreed on the exchange of experiences while proceeding with the harmonization of legislation in chapters 23-24 of European Union legislation and mutual support in meeting the political criteria for the opening of negotiations. By the end of the meeting Minister Marichikj invited Minister Gjonaj to pay an official visit to Skopje.