24January2018

EU expects Government and opposition to Continue to fulfil Przino deal

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The EU expects Macedonia’s government and opposition to continue to fulfil the Przino deal and the country is at the same time expected to work both the Urgent Reform Priorities and the return to the Euro-integration path, EC sources say, according to Deutsche Welle. This is contained in the documents the EU is preparing for the coming period that are currently “an internal working stage”. “That is the only way in which the EC will be able to recommend a start of accession negotiations,” the EU warns. Union representatives expect the country also to continue to strengthen neighbourly relations. Spokesperson Maja Kocijancic explains that the EC is currently working on two documents concerning the Western Balkans. The first is the new Strategy that should be presented in February, while the regular progress report focusing on, among other things, the situation in all countries that are part of the Euro-integration process is planned for April. In that regard, Kocijancic adds that the EC considers it important for a separate working framework to be made for each Western Balkan country. According to the EC, 2018 will offer a unique chance for the Western Balkans to be irreversibly brought closer to the Union. “In order to achieve that, countries from the region must set reforms in the field of rule of law, judiciary and fundamental rights as the highest priority. The EU will not make compromises over the membership criteria,” Kocijancic adds.

(Kanal 5; Sitel; MIA; Makfax)

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