Skopje and Sofia to jointly celebrate Ss. Cyril and Methodius, St. Clement, St. Naum, Tsar Samuil

At the proposal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Government has adopted the Information on the first meeting of the North Macedonia-Bulgaria Joint Intergovernmental Committee established as a result of the Friendship Treaty signed between the two countries, which was held in Sofia on June 10, 2019.

At a government session on Tuesday, ministers have been told that both parties have reviewed the annual report of the Joint Multidisciplinary Expert Committee on historic and educational matters and the recommendations to the respective governments.

“The Government accepts the recommendations for joint celebrations of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, St. Clement of Ohrid, St. Naum and Tsar Samuil,” the Government said in a press release, adding that the parties agreed to set dates for joint celebrations as soon as possible.

“Common principles and remarks on the contents of 5th grade history textbooks in Bulgaria and 6th grade history textbooks in North Macedonia (the ancient history period) are accepted,” the press release reads.

According to the Information, the Joint Multidisciplinary Expert Committee on historic and educational matters would speed up activities relating to significant historic issues (Goce Delchev, the Ilinden uprising, and other) to achieve results by the end of 2019 regarding contents of the textbooks.

In its activities, the Committee is to strictly adhere to the provisions of the Friendship Treaty.