Alternate Foreign Minister George Katrougalos on Monday briefed the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels on the entry into force of the Prespes Agreement and various aspects of its implementation.
Katrougalos briefed the ministers on the next steps in its implementation and called the agreement a “landmark for the region” and a “source of inspiration,” while expressing his satisfaction over the cooperation with North Macedonia and his counterpart Nikola Dimitrov.
He referred to the presentation of ‘Ewald von Kleist’ award to prime ministers Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev, along with a special reference to former Greek foreign minister Nikos Kotzias, and expressed his hope that there will be yet more good news from the region.
The EU High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mongherini referred in detail to the Prespes Agreement during her opening speech and congratulated Greece and North Macedonia over this important development. Noting that such good news was rare, she added that the Prespes Agreement was a very positive omen for the Western Balkan region but also for the whole of Europe.
On the sidelines of the meeting, Katrougalos met with the European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn. They discussed the promotion of the Western Balkan countries’ EU accession and Greece’s important role in the region in many areas, by promoting cooperation and helping Balkan countries come closer to EU standards. Katrougalos also briefed Hahn on the practical steps for the implementation of the Prespes Agreement while they discussed the prospects of economic cooperation in th