Skopje, 10 March 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Naser Pajaziti
Today, the European Parliament voted with 404 votes in favor and 79 against the resolution on FYR Macedonia, proposed by the MEP, Ivo Vajgl.
With this document, FYROM receives the seventh recommendation in a row for the start of the accession talks in the EU.
The conditioning has to do with the holding of fair and democratic elections. According to the resolution, if the country overcomes this political gridlock, if there are free elections and if the reforms continue, then there will be no obstacles for the launch of negotiations with the EU.
The EU Enlargement Commissioner, Johannes Hahn, said that FYROM is facing a difficult period and that proactive measures must be taken to overcome the crisis.
“We admit that the country has a functional market economy. Laws and strategies are functional, but the problem is with their improvement. Situation between different ethnic groups is fragile. We believe that proactive measures must be taken to address ethnic issues and to build trust between communities. This must also give way to the finalization of the Ohrid Agreement”, Hahn said.
Meanwhile, former rapporteur on FYROM and MEP Richard Howitt said that if democracy in the country is not preserved, then the recommendation may be withdrawn.
“The European Commission issued a positive recommendation for the start of talks for EU accession if the agreement of Przno is fully implemented. The European Council has backed it in the December conclusions and tomorrow, this European Parliament will say: Preserve this democracy, otherwise the recommendation will be withdrawn”, Howitt said.
The European Parliament also expressed its concern about the political influence on the state administration, on the obstacles that Special Prosecution is facing and the pressure put on media and freedom of speech. /ibna/