Reeker: North Macedonia did a great job, EU negotiations should start as soon as possible

Official Washington believes North Macedonia is on the right track to joining the EU and that pre-accession talks with Brussels should start as soon as possible, said US Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs head Philip Reeker, who was also the US Ambassador to the Republic of Macedonia between 2019 and 2011.

According to Reeker, talks that the US administration has had with EU partners and allies support this belief. Asked if a delay in starting talks could destabilize the region, Reeker said he didn’t think it was likely.

“North Macedonia did a great job,” said Reeker, adding he didn’t think the country would succumb to destabilization through “unnecessary political games.”

“This is a process that needs to be seen through the end,” Reeker added.

According to him, the US is certain North Macedonia will become NATO’s 30th member and will soon start EU membership talks.

“I expect the EU negotiations to start as soon as possible,” Reeker said.

The Acting Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs head attended a hearing held by the Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations on “NATO Expansion: Examining the Accession of North Macedonia.”

The hearing was presided by committee chairman Sen. James Risch and also attended by Kathryn Wheelbarger, Acting Assistant Secretary at the Department of Defense.