Name dispute needs to be resolved for FYROM’s EU accession talks

Name dispute needs to be resolved for FYROM’s EU accession talks

Skopje, February 7, 2014/ Balkan Independent News Agency

Skopje must wait for the launch of negotiations for accession in the European Union, because the name dispute is an obstacle for the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to enter this process.

This was stressed today in Skopje by the head of EU Enlargement Directorate, Christian Danielson. Danielson said that European Commission cannot launch negotiations for FYROM’s accession in the EU without the resolution of the name dispute with Greece.

During a lecture delivered in the University of Skopje called “EU Enlargement Challenges”, Mr. Danielson said that “The European Commission cannot launch negotiations for the accession of Macedonia in the EU, until Skopje and Athens do not come to an agreement about the name dispute. European Commission is not part of the negotiations about the name dispute, therefore we encourage both countries to find a solution”, declared Danielson. He stressed that EC praises all efforts which have been made in this aspect.

According to Mr. Danielson, the high level talks between European Commission and Skopje cannot replace the EU accession negotiations.

“These are different processes, but these high level talks are important for the current situation of the country, because an opportunity is being given to focus on important issues which relate to integration”, said Mr. Danielson, adding that there’s still a lot of work to do.

On the other hand, Mr. Danielson said that there’s still a lot of work to do in domains which relate to the rule of law, efficiency of the judicial system, media, freedom of speech, public administration, fight against corruption and organized crime.

EC senior official, Christian Danielson is staying in Skopje where he’s holding meetings with state leaders and representatives of political parties. /ibna/