Meeting Gruevski- Tusk: European integration and migrants focus of talks

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Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski met today with President of the European Council, Donald Tusk.

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At the meeting was discussed the European integration of Macedonia, the reforms implemented by our country, and the situation, challenges and mechanisms to overcome the challenges related to migrant crisis.

The Prime Minister stressed the strategic commitment of the Government to integrate the country into the European Union and NATO, and expressed commitment to the implementation of reforms to promote European standards in all spheres of society. It was expressed commitment to promote good neighborly relations and to overcome external challenges that hinder European and Euro-Atlantic integration of the country, informed by the government’s press service.

European Council President Tusk stressed that the European Union has interest in membership of our country and that we will continue the cooperation of the reforms.

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In terms of the migrant crisis, it was noted that the new conditions resulting from the decisions of growing number of countries for failure exclusively on refugees from regions affected by military crises, not economic migrants, new challenges and requires mechanisms to ensure opportunities overcome.

The Prime Minister informed the guest that throughout the Republic of Macedonia have transited over 600 thousand people, and that in the whole period institutions conscientiously and responsibly care for health, human and logistic treatment of people in transit.

Both sides agreed that our country is in specific condition in which the Macedonian refugees come from countries of the European Union, so it needs more involvement and coordination of national and European institutions in the transit of such persons.

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It was stressed that the country cannot act differently and unbalanced with the behavior of other countries on the Balkan route because in such case would create pressure on the financial, institutional and organizational capacities of the state.

The Prime Minister noted that having in mind the new conditions, the Republic of Macedonia has the right and duty to take steps to protect domestic interests and taking into account the conclusions of the National Security Council, the Government is prepared to take all necessary steps to protect the border and channeling the flow of migrants. He added that it requires engagement Frontex forces at the Macedonian-Greek border, in order to provide treatment that will satisfy aspects of humanism in the treatment of people in transit and at the same time will ensure the interests of the countries of Europe for the prevention of security risks. It was expressed the view that Macedonia has the capacity for temporary admission of a maximum of 2,000 people on its territory.

President of the European Council stressed that the European Union is ready to help our country by providing logistical, humanitarian and technical assistance.

Both sides stressed that in the next period there will be intensive coordination in order to manage the effects of migrant crisis.