Prof. Angel Dimitrov, co-chair of the Bulgarian-Macedonian Multidisciplinary Commission:
Until we see evidence of interstate and interethnic relations geared towards a European future, we cannot talk about a true success
Considering that the previous meeting of such nature took place 15 years ago in Thessaloniki, where it was decided that it should be a triennial event, and given that the EU's interest in the integration of the Western Balkan nations quite recently was lost somewhere between lip-service declarations and outright reservations, the return of the topic on the European agenda represents a mission accomplished for Bulgaria's EU Presidency.