Zoran Zaev, North Macedonia'sMacedonia's Prime Minister, said on Monday he intended to close the accession negotiations with the European Union in six years.
He was again elected premier on Sundayafter his Social=Democrats managed to secure the majority in the country's Sobranie (parliament) after July 15 early elections following Zaev'sZaev's resignation in January in a protest of the European Union'sUnion's failure to set a date for the negotiations with Skopje.
The technical Government ruled the country until the early vote."In the next four years,
"We'll open 80 percent of the negotiating chapters, and the aim is to close all of them in six years," Zaev said at the reception for new cabinet organised by North Macedonia's President Stevo Pendarovski.
The EU leaders gave the green light to the start of the Brussels – Skopje negotiations in March, and the first inter-governmental session is due by the end of the year."
The Government'sGovernment's first priority will be the extension of anti-crisis measures (due to coronavirus epidemic) and larger help to the people and the economy. The overcoming of the coronavirus crisis and returning to the previous rate of the economic growth will be the focus of this Government," Zaev said.