3. By mutual agreement, the two sides shall organise joint celebrations of joint historical events and personalities with the aim of strengthening their good neighbourly relations in a spirit of European values. “You just have to agree. This issue should no longer be delayed, as there is no reason to do so,” Borissov said. The agreement aims to overcome these and many other differences by forming a joint group of historians and other experts to draw agreed conclusions. The issue of the “Macedonian language” did not prevent Sofia from signing various agreements with Skopje, which stipulate that “the agreement was signed in the official languages of Bulgaria and Macedonia”. (Georgi Gotev, EURACTIV.bg) This Treaty shall not affect bilateral and multilateral agreements to which the Contracting Parties are parties. Bulgaria is the only country blocking the signing of a major border management agreement between North Macedonia and the EU`s border agency Frontex, the obstacle being how the neighbouring country determines its language, EURACTIV Bulgaria partner Dnevnik wrote, citing a Commission spokesman. The agreement allows Frontex to carry out joint operations and send teams to border regions in order to combat illegal immigration, in particular in the event of sudden changes in migration flows, and cross-border crime and, if necessary, to provide technical and operational assistance to national border forces. Zaev said that without the agreement and the resulting goodwill, his country would not have been able to sign the equally historic agreement with Greece later that year. SOFIA – Bulgaria is the only country blocking the signing of a border management agreement between North Macedonia and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency – EURACTIV reports. 2.

This Treaty may be amended by mutual written agreement between the two Parties. The amendments shall be agreed through diplomatic channels and shall enter into force in accordance with paragraph 1 of this Article. The two neighbors signed their pioneering contract exactly two years ago, on August 1, 2017. The symbolic date preceded August 2, which both countries celebrate as the date of the so-called ilinden uprising of 1903. Frontex has already signed such agreements with Serbia, Montenegro and Albania. A similar agreement has been initialled with Bosnia and Herzegovina, but is awaiting conclusion.