EU cannot be used to legitimate wrongdoings. Meanwhile Bulgaria cannot be used in this harsh manner as a plunge-board by the ruling party in Skopje. This was stated by Krasimir Karakachanov, the Bulgarian deputy prime-minister and leader of VMRO-BND.
His position is in response to an interview of the North Macedonia’s president Stevo Pendarovski where he abuses the true history of Gotse Delchev’s origin. “This reveals Skopje’s true intentions of sabotaging the process”, in Karakachanov’s words.
"I believe the on October 17 Bulgaria shouldn’t hurry to give green light for starting the negotiations for the Macedonian membership in the EU – at least not until all falsifications concerning Bulgarian history are cleared”, continued Karakachanov.
A European Council meeting is scheduled for October 17, when the leaders of the EU Member States are going to decide whether the negotiations for the membership of North Macedonia and Albania in the EU. Bulgaria is to decide whether to support Macedonia. But this decision requires not only ours, but also the support of all EU Member States. Even with the denial of one country, the negotiations cannot be started. The Joint Multidisciplinary Commission between the two countries, which was established as part of the Treaty of Friendship, Goodneighbourliness and Cooperation between Bulgaria and the Republic of North Macedonia, is scheduled on October 14 and 15.