In this interview for IBNA, the government’s spokesperson, Mile Bosnjakovski talks about the work of the government and the process of negotiations which aims at finding a solution to the name dispute with Greece.
“We believe that the issue will be resolved when a mutually acceptable solution with our southern neighbor is reached, protecting the identity and dignity of the citizens in both countries”, said the spokesperson of the FYROM Government in an interview for IBNA.
According to him, this government is committed in finding a solution and in the best interest of the citizens in both countries, to resolve the matter as soon as possible.
Bosnjakovski also talks about the European Atlantic integration of the country and the political flow of the current government.
Interviewed by Naser Pajaziti
Has the government been able to implement its objectives and priorities? It’s being said that the focus is more on issues related to foreign policy than on domestic affairs?
The main goal of this government is to improve the life of the citizens and all activities on the domestic and international scene are focused on this goal.
We take into consideration all public criticism since it is crucial in building our democratic society in accordance with the needs of the citizens. It is true that the government of the Republic of Macedonia devotes significant time to international politics, but all efforts for strengthening regional and international cooperation are focused on the direct benefits for the domestic living standards in Macedonia. There is a pragmatic value to the process of NATO and EU integration that relates directly to improving the domestic economy in relation to the world economy. The strengthened relations with our neighbors are focused on cross border cooperation for infrastructural and economic projects, and the NATO and EU accession processes are aimed at making Macedonia a stable, democratic and economically developed country.
In a stable, reliable and prosperous atmosphere, everyone is encouraged to take the risk, take a loan, build a factory, hire people, and work to generate profits. The citizens who invest in capacities know that the value of the market grows after a NATO membership and a date for negotiations with the EU.
The government aims to increase the number of domestic companies, so we will support the growth of the domestic startups as foreseen in our program where is specified that the measures for foreign and domestic companies will be equal.
As an example of the benefits from international relations on the domestic economic growth plan, we want to point out that eight agreements with foreign companies were signed for a period of eight and a half months.All this with zero denars spent, no ads, no economic promoters, no road shows. In addition to those 8, another 20 companies await the decision of the mother companies because they have completed the processes here. To summarize, we have negotiated with more than 300 companies so far. This means that Macedonia is out of the political crisis and forging economic development.
The main focus relates to the solution of the name dispute. Are we expecting an acceptable solution to come and what are the red lines in this process?
The process of resolving the dispute that we have with our southern neighbor is mediated by the United Nations and mediator Nimitz. For the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, an acceptable solution will be what is acceptable for both countries. The mutually acceptable solution must protect the identity and dignity of the citizens in both countries.
When do you think this issue will be finalized?
We believe that the issue will be resolved when a mutually acceptable solution with our southern neighbor is reached, protecting the identity and dignity of the citizens in both countries. This government is committed in finding a solution and it’s in the best interest of the citizens of both countries to resolve the matter as soon as possible. The NATO summit in July is an important milestone that can be useful and effectively utilized in the process.
If there is a compromise within the negotiation process, can there be a referendum or will other alternatives be sought?
By building the national consensus through Parliament, will be a confirmation for Greece and the Greek institutions that everyone is behind the decision in the Republic of Macedonia, and the referendum can only be a confirmation that the citizens support this solution. We believe that for our partners on the Greek side the referendum would be the most serious guarantee, so that future generations will never open it as a problem.
To what extent do we see the reform process under plan 3-6-9 implemented? What are the expectations of the Euro-integration plan?
The implementation of the reforms of the Plan 3-6-9 is a basic measure through which both the administration in Brussels and the EU Member States build the confidence and support for the Republic of Macedonia and its European and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. Therefore, it is in our interest to be directly and accurately familiar with the course of the implementation of the Plan./IBNA/