site.btaPresident Radev Discusses North Macedonia with European Parliament President Metsola
President Rumen Radev held a meeting with European Parliament (EP) President Roberta Metsola, Radev's press secretariat said Thursday.
During the talks, Radev raised the issue of EP's key role in defending European values and democracy when assessing the progress of the Western Balkans on their European path. According to Radev, the attempts of interference to change the content of documents prepared by European institutions, including the EP, by countries that are candidates for EU membership are unacceptable.
The President expressed his gratitude for the timely reaction and decisive support for the Bulgarian MEP, who was denied access to North Macedonia in early May 2023. Radev pointed out that this act is contrary to European principles and demonstrates disrespect for a representative of an EU institution. According to him, this is not an isolated case in which North Macedonia violated good neighbourly relations.
The President singled out as a particularly worrying development of the situation in North Macedonia the public statements of senior state officials about the preparation of "blacklists" for Bulgarian citizens, including politicians, who are denied access to the territory of the country. This approach demonstrates the insurmountable legacy of the totalitarian past and reveals the need for substantial reforms in the country to overcome it, Radev said.