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Lajčák says Macedonia can count on Sovakia's support in EU bid

Slovakia is ready to help Macedonia in its efforts to enter the European Union, Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák told Macedonia's Vice-Premier for European Affairs, Vasko Naumovski, during his visit to Bratislava on Monday, September 5, the TASR newswire wrote.

Slovakia is ready to help Macedonia in its efforts to enter the European Union, Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák told Macedonia's Vice-Premier for European Affairs, Vasko Naumovski, during his visit to Bratislava on Monday, September 5, the TASR newswire wrote.

“You've got our support and our understanding,” said Lajčák, recalling Slovakia's experience in integration and reform processes that could be helpful for other aspirants as well. “Entry to the EU has brought an increase in the standard of living for the Slovak public, an inflow of foreign investments and many other advantages. The people in the Balkans have the right to the same advantages if, of course, they meet the required criteria,” said Slovakia's chief diplomat for TASR.

According to Lajčák, Slovakia stands for the so-called 'open door policy' when it comes to EU and NATO enlargement and appreciates the progress Macedonia has made in this regard. In terms of the visa liberalisation, Macedonia is the best prepared country in the region.

“We're ready to help you on your path to the EU not only with experience but also with development aid, twinning projects, creation of administrative capacities and institutions,” Lajcak assured Naumovski, who expressed his thanks for Slovakia's approach. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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