18December2017

Commissioner Hahn starts Two-day visit to Macedonia

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The EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, started his two-day visit to Macedonia on Monday.After the meeting with PM Zoran Zaev, the Commissioner said that big progress had been achieved in terms of the reform process and added that Macedonia had become an example in the region. According to him, though things are going well, reforms needed to be implemented in the sectors of judiciary, administration and security services. As Hahn added, his personal mission will be accomplished if accession negotiations are started. The country, the Commissioner underlined, needs to run “the last mile”. Also, he urged the opposition to be responsible. If the EU is a national interest, Hahn pointed out, the goal can be achieved if everyone works together. He called on the opposition to be constructively critical so that the agreed upon dates are respected. Zaev said Macedonia would deliver results. Monday evening the PM left for a visit to Belgrade, the first since he took over the post of prime Minister. In an interview with Serbian media Zaev said he felt at home in Belgrade, voicing conviction that all issues will be resolved in a peaceful manner through dialogue. The same day, Hahn also met the leaders of VMRO-DPMNE, DUI and Alliance for Albanians, Nikola Gruevski, Ali Ahmeti, and Ziadin Sela, respectively. As Hahn tweeted, at the meeting with Ahmeti and Sela, he stressed that “stability of three party coalition and outreach to opposition” was crucial in terms of working constructively on the necessary EU reforms. At the meeting with the VMRO-DPMNE delegation, the Commissioner underlined the importance of the party’s constructive contribution to the EU reforms.

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