By Muhamer Pajaziti
“Red Light” by Brussels for Skopje continues to be lit given that FYROM, a country with a fragile democracy is losing pace in the aspect of European integration.
The fact that the country has been waiting for the date of the negotiations since 2005, when FYROM was granted the EU candidate status, shows that the European Community doesn’t tolerate the approach of improvising and unprincipled game by a country which aspires to become part of this family.
It’s clear to Brussels that FYROM is in front of many rational reasons. The lack of political dialogue, the instigation of inter-ethnic tensions, the unresolved name dispute with Greece, disagreements with Bulgaria on the issue of Macedonian language, the failure to implement the Ohrid Agreement and many other violations are sufficient arguments against FYROM.
In front of these facts Brussels cannot make a blind eye and tolerate a country which aspires to become part of the European family, having great problems and an improvised state and social system.
Nervousness within the European Commission on the issue of FYROM is being caused by the fact that the leadership of the country is wasting time with daily topics.
In several cases, the European Commission has made it clear that it cannot allow such an approach which suffocates multi-ethnicity and inter-cultural harmony of the society of this country.
The failure to meet a part of the obligations that stem from the Ohrid Agreement is a refrain which is being repeated every year in the progress reports of the European Commission and this time, this issue has become part of the EU file on Skopje.
The draft document which relates to the advancement of the position of Albanians has not been concluded yet 12 years after the end of the conflict in FYROM. Not only Macedonians are to be blamed for this, but also the Albanian political factor.
Albanian political parties are the main responsible parties as to why such concise agreements are not being concluded. It’s an ignorant argument when it’s heard by Albanian politicians, according to which state and political Macedonian leadership in power is to be blamed for the failure to implement the Ohrid Agreement, because Albanians too are part of the power and they must do everything and find the mechanisms for the functioning of the political partnership.
Under such circumstances, FYROM cannot pretend that it belongs to the European family, there where democracy is promoted along with human rights, inter-ethnic tolerance, etc. In the future, FYROM must be open toward democratic values and principles that the European Union offers, because this way it will have more freedom for itself and its aspirations for accession in the European family will be more hopeful.
*The author is an independent analyst and lector in the ISPE University College of Pristina. He continues his doctorate on international affairs at ChemnitzUniversity in Germany.