Greece fully supports the integration of North Macedonia to the European Union.
This was reiterated by the Greek minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, during his visit in Skopje on August 31, 2021.
Nikos Dendias had successive meetings with the Prime Minister, Zoran Zaev, the Deputy Prime Minister, Nikola Dimitrov, the President of the Assembly, Talat Xhaferi, the President of the Republic of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovsk and his counterpart Bujar Osmani.
Greece and North Macedonia say they intend to deepen the bilateral relations, especially in the economic field.
The pandemic brought the two countries closer, as Greece provided 120,000 Covid-19 vaccines to North Macedonia.
Mtg b/w FM @NikosDendias & #NorthMacedonia PM @Zoran_Zaev in #Skopje – focus on bilateral coop in economy, investments & commerce, energy, transports as well as tackling #COVID19 pandemic. #WesternBalkans #EU perspective & the implementation of Prespa Agreement also addressed pic.twitter.com/YomaWzBUXe
— Υπουργείο Εξωτερικών (@GreeceMFA) August 31, 2021
Even during the pandemic, bilateral trade increased and amounts to almost 800 million euros.
Greek entrepreneurs have invested over 500 million euros in North Macedonia, contributing to the creation of over 20,000 jobs.
During the official visit of my Greek colleague @NikosDendias discussed bilateral relations, our #EU agenda & the Prespa agreement. 🇬🇷 continues to be a strong lobbyist for our 🇪🇺 integration and the start of accession negotiations for 🇲🇰. pic.twitter.com/ulGvYqBXjn
— Bujar Osmani (@Bujar_O) August 31, 2021
In July, 2021 Greece and North Macedonia signed an agreement for a new 123 kilometers gas pipeline, that will transfer gas from the Greek Macedonia to North Macedonia.
In the military field, the two countries signed in 2021 two agreements for the protection of classified information and a military cooperation program. Within the framework of NATO, the Hellenic Air Force has been charged with monitoring the airspace of North Macedonia.
The two countries have also agreed on cooperation for the conservation and protection of Byzantine and post-Byzantine monuments.
North Macedonia has declared that it will support Greece’s candidacy for a non-permanent seat in the UN Security Council for the period 2025-26.
Athens is also pleased with the fact that the government of North Macedonia has officially condemned the illegal actions of Turkey at Varosha, in occupied Cyprus.
We talked with @NikosDendias about the implementation of the Prespa Agreement, the prospects for advancing the bilateral relations between 🇲🇰 and 🇬🇷, and the current developments in international politics. pic.twitter.com/vvpf8yuVmS
— Stevo Pendarovski (@SPendarovski) August 31, 2021
Still, the Greek minister of Foreign Affairs said there is more to do to fully implement the Prespa Agreement.
“First, we must invest in the new generation, by providing them with proper education and the necessary tools to look forward to our common future, our European future, not to look to the past.
We must also avert interpretations of the agreement that either create false impressions or are themselves wrong. Because these interpretations create tension and arouse the emotions of public opinion” N. Dendias said after meeting B. Osmani.
The President of North Macedonia, Stevo Pendarovski, will visit Athens next month.