Deputy Prime Minister explains the two factors why Skopje failed to launch negotiations with EU

Deputy Prime Minister explains the two factors why Skopje failed to launch negotiations with EU

Skopje, December 16, 2013/ Balkan Independent News Agency

Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration of FYR Macedonia, Fatmir Besimi said on Monday that the failure of the country to resolve the issue of the name dispute and to sign the agreement for good neighborly relations with Bulgaria have left Skopje without a date for the opening of negotiations for EU accession.

Mr. Besimi says that he doesn’t expect the Summit of the European Council to decide on a date for the opening of negotiations for accession.

The deputy Prime Minister believes that even this year, Brussels will encourage Skopje to solve the name dispute, the political deadlock in the country and to undertake reforms in the domain of administration, courts, freedom of speech, electoral code, etc.

“For the moment, there’s not yet a date for Skopje due to the open issue with Greece in relation to the name dispute and Bulgaria in relation to the agreement of good neighborly relations. But, on the other hand, we don’t have high expectations even for next year due to EU elections and Greek presidency of the European Union”, declared the Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration, Fatmir Besimi.

The deputy Prime Minister says that the European Commission will once again be requested an extraordinary progress report on FYR Macedonia, which according to him, will encourage the country to commit about the remaining reforms in the European path.

For Mr. Besimi, the country has no other alternatives besides NATO and EU accession. The deputy Prime Minister says that there must be commitment for the solution of the issues which are blocking the integration of the country in Euro Atlantic structures. /ibna/