Greece, North Macedonia hold first interministerial meeting on cooperation

“Our aim is to add flesh and bones to the Prespes Agreement,” said Greece’s Alternate Foreign Minister Sia Anagnostopoulou in Athens on Monday, addressing as chair the first meeting of the Special Interministerial committee of Greece and North Macedonia, which was set up to strengthen the implementation of the two countries’ strategic cooperation.

“We are here,” she added, “to coordinate all actions, so that out mutual benefit – the significance of the Prespes Agreement – is highlighted,” adding that “we are here to build the necessary political framework required (for the agreement’s fruition), and we are looking towards your cooperation so we can see the partnerships work out as soon as possible,” said Anagnostopoulou.

The Special Interministerial Committee was attended by general secretaries and general directors of both Greece’s and North Macedonia’s foreign ministries, according to a statement by the Greek Foreign Ministry. It is expected to look into agriculture, civil protection, energy, the environment, industry, education, research and technology, health, transport and cross-border cooperation during upcoming sessions.

The promotion of all required synergies will be addressed, inter-alia, via the exchange of technical knowledge as well as through the support of European programs.