Bulgaria Threatens to Veto EU Talks with North Macedonia

Bulgaria has threatened to veto the formal launch of the European Union accession talks with North Macedonia unless language and history disputes are resolved, according to a report.

Bulgaria has threatened to veto the formal launch of the European Union accession talks with North Macedonia unless language and history disputes are resolved, according to a report.

After the meeting of the EU ambassadors last October 21, diplomats told global news organization Politico that Bulgaria will veto the talks with North Macedonia due to concerns on their language and history.

In a document distributed in the past weeks and seen by Politico, Bulgaria said that it cannot “accept that the still ongoing nation-building process in the Republic of North Macedonia be conducted through the revision of our common history, the denial of our common ethnic and linguistic roots or the unfounded claims for the existence of a ‘Macedonian minority’ in Bulgaria.”

Bulgaria also said that the implementation of the accord signed in August 2017 to resolve the issues has been “stagnant.”

North Macedonian Deputy Prime Minister Nikola Dimotrov said that North Macedonia is committed to implement the accord with Bulgaria.

Dimotrov also said that Bulgaria’s success in returning the EU enlargement on the agenda may be placed at risk if a solution is not met.

“It is simply not right for the Macedonian language to be an obstacle to our European future if the EU is a community of values that celebrates diversity,” Dimotrov told Politico.

Diplomats said that more talks have been planned to avoid the veto from Bulgaria and to avoid the plans from being derailed. The plans are expected to be signed on November 10 in Sofia.


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