From YouTube: HR/VP Press Remarks | Intergovernmental Conference on the Accession of North Macedonia | 19/07/2022
Press Remarks by HR/VP Josep Borell during the Intergovernmental Conference on the Accession of North Macedonia on 19 July 2022.
Today marks a major breakthrough that will be crucial for non-macedonia, for the western balkans and for the european union as a whole. I strongly believe that we can only advance together by fully integrating the western balkans in the european union. It will not be completed without you. The enduring value of the european union as a peace project among europeans and and a strong actor in the international arena is to create security among us and uphold security worldwide, starting by our continent and projecting our values more visibly than ever.
This is not a simple transaction of interest, but a relationship based on shared principles, values and goals, and your full alignment shows clearly the strategic direction that you have chosen on your path to the european union. You will not lose your identity, none of us does it. North macedonia, with this identity, its own identity, its rich history and culture, has always been part of europe.