IBNA Special Report
Skopje, February 24, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti
The decision of the president of the European Commission, Jean Claud Juncker to cancel a meeting which was scheduled to take place this week in Brussels with the Macedonian PM, Nikola Gruevski, has sparked strong political debates in FYROM.
Last week, the government boasted on the media about the scheduled meeting in Brussels between PM Gruevski and Juncker, but the news for the cancellation of the visit by the European Commission president has sparked debates over the causes of the cancellation, besides the official declaration that such meeting would not be suitable in such period of political crisis in FYR Macedonia.
In a briefing for journalists, the government spokesman, Aleksandar Georgiev has announced the motive for this cancellation.
“We’re in constant contact with representatives of European institutions. Given that a few days ago, PM Gruevski met with EU Enlargement Commissioner Hahn, both sides agreed that more time is needed to assess the situation in the country, before the meeting between Juncker and Gruevski takes place”, said Georgiev.
But, the Macedonian opposition said that the cancellation of Juncker’s visit indicates the start of political isolation for PM Gruevski by European authorities.
“Nikola Gruevski is politically isolated by international authorities. A strong signal for this came from the president of the European Commission, Juncker, who cancelled the meeting with Gruevski. It’s clear that Gruevski’s silence and that of his collaborators, after the eavesdropping scandal, is shocking, not only for the domestic public opinion, but also for the international community”, said the spokesman of the largest opposition party LSDM, Petre Silegov.
Malinka Ristevska from the Institute for European policies, underlines that the country faces another blockade in the European integration process.
“There will be a more passive approach of the international community and we’re facing the risk of full isolation, because the international community considers Macedonia as a country which doesn’t have democratic capacities and that it’s only capable of generating crises”, said Ristevska.
Citizens are also worried about the risk of the isolation of the country, but on the other hand, more responsibility is demanded by state authorities, in relation to the situation that has been created.
Visar D, a student of political sciences at University of Skopje, told IBNA that FYROM is heading toward political tensions, while the cancellation of the visit is bad news for the country.
“The European Union is changing its approach toward our country. Of course, they are tired of the promises and manipulations made by our politicians, especially the ones in power that they will provide the necessary conditions for dialogue and for the start of transparent investigations in the light of the eavesdropping scandal”, says Visar D, adding that there must be an urgent change of the approach to overcome the political crisis.
Sources within the European Commission have declared that president Juncker has decided to cancel the meeting with Greuevski due to the political crisis in the country and the lack of political dialogue. “Our positioning is clear. The situation in the country seems aggravated and we have articulated our opinion. What’s happening is not a good thing and true dialogue must start for the priorities of the country”, declared diplomatic European sources.
Political crisis in FYR Macedonia aggravated even more after the publication of the eavesdropping scandal by the Macedonian opposition, which publicated conversations of state leaders which indicated intervention in courts and other institutions, but also other illicit acts. /ibna/