Bulgarian Parliament does not reach quorum for sitting to discuss North Macedonia

No concrete proposal from Bulgaria to lift the veto for the start of negotiations between North Macedonia and the EU is expected at the EU-Western Balkans summit in Brussels.

GERB-SDS and the MRF parliamentary groups have submitted drafts to parliament to resolve the dispute between Sofia and Skopje. The Bulgarian Parliament though failed to gather a quorum on June 23 to hold a regular sitting.

We urge the Bulgarian Parliament and all parties to fulfill their engagement and to put the proposal for North Macedonia and Albania on the agenda of Parliament for approval today. This is what EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi wrote on Twitter earlier, adding: "The EU takes all Bulgarian concerns very seriously and they are now part of the negotiation process. The moment for responsible decisions is now." /BGNES