The presidency of the ethnically divided Balkan country
last week approved an updated Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) with the EU.
Although it is north of the Danube, Romania is also considered a Balkan country
, and, although it is south of the Danube, Hungary is not.
Hungary will donate aid to Bulgaria on Wednesday, as the Balkan country
is struggling to deal with the ongoing refugee influx.
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso has praised the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) for its euro-integration progress to date but urged the Balkan country
to pursue the changes that will be needed to get EU membership talks underway.
The move will seek to curb the ongoing influx of Syrian refugees to the Balkan country
However, the incident follows weeks of massive protests against poverty and corruption in the Balkan country
Kroes has pointed out that she is aware of a growing number of reports of reduced freedom of the news media in the Balkan country
The paper reminds that the Balkan country
is now 80th in Reporters Without Borders' press freedom index, lagging behind all other EU countries.
Wherever there is power, there is abuse of power," he pointed out, adding that the Balkan country
has certain special issues and problems that have to be tackled.
On December 9, Croatia and European Union member states have signed the treaty that will pave the way for the Balkan country
to become the bloc's 28th member on July 1, 2013.
Finland now says it would accept a phased-in solution for the Balkan country
if it sees a positive Cooperation and Verification Mechanism interim report at the beginning of 2012.
The Maltese President arrived Thursday on a three-day visit to the Balkan country
Faymann was positive that the Balkan country
is able to cope with the challenge.
Gul said stability is crucial for cooperation in the Balkan region, and that he believed every Balkan country
would be a NATO and EU member one day, while also stressing that the Balkans were not on Europe's edge but in its middle.